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  1. Caring For Natural Fibre Rope - Manila, Manila Hemp, Abaca

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    Manila Rope

     

    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.

    Vacuuming is the best way to clean manila clean. If necessary it is possible to wash the rope gently by hand with a mild soap in cold water, rinse well, then  dry naturally on a sunny day.
     
     
  2. Caring For Natural Rope -Jute

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    Jute 'The Golden Fibre'

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    Jute is a fantastic fibre, sustainable, 100% bio-degradable and recyclable.

    No pesticides or fertilisers necessary for cultivation, which means it is possible to be grown by small family concerns in Bangladesh and India, usually selling through co-operatives. It can be planted quickly in flooded areas, such as the Bengal and Ganges deltas, and harvested in 4 to 6 months.

    The coarse outer fibres are used for firewood, the leaves for food and the stems for fibres that are then used to make rope, hessian or burlap cloth and many yet to be discovered uses.

    Being a natural plant fibre, Jute is affected by its environment. It will shrink a little when damp or wet conditions and will loosen when dry. It is best kept indoors or in a dry place, it isn't suitable for exterior use. (Poly Hemp would be a better choice for outdoors)

    Jute is best kept clean by vacuuming. It is possible to wipe down with a damp cloth or sponge, and leave to dry naturally. 

    Our mats should be reshaped gently and left to dry flat.