Manila was used on ships in the bygone days of sail.
Manila rope is otherwise known as manila hemp and it is created from the abaca plant, which is closely related to the banana plant. It is a sustainable crop that can stop soil erosion and help to regenerate deforested areas. Our manila comes from the Phillipines, as does 85% of the world's production, the name itself comes from their capital city.
This rope is a natural plant fibre, which is very durable, but doesn't like to be kept damp, best kept in a dry place to prevent mildew. It isn't really suitable for outdoor use.
Being a natural fibre, it is affected by environmental conditions. When wet, it shrinks and tightens, and when warm and dry it becomes loose.