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

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    ManilaManila Rope


    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.
  2. Caring For Natural Rope -Jute

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    Jute 'The Golden Fibre'


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

    No pesticides or fertilisers necessary, which means it is possible to be grown by small family concerns in Bangladesh and India. 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 can be used for firewood, the leaves for food and the stems for fibres that are 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.

    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.