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

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Manila used to be used on ships in the bygone days of sail

This rope is a natural plant fibre, which is very durable, but doesn't like to be kept damp, please keep in a dry place to prevent mildew.

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.
Manila mats should be gently reshaped and left to dry flat.
The manila rope bowls can be carefully reshaped if  at all changed using a small cereal bowl or ball as a form and then left to dry naturally in the sunshine.
It is safe to use water on our knotted items as we don't use any glues to keep our knots together, just hand sewn stitches with sailmaker's twine.
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.

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