Abaca, also known as Manila hemp and Abaca Fiber can be said to be the greatest Philippine treasure that contributes most for the Philippine products exported in other countries like Korea. The Philippine Abaca is way better than any other abacas in the world such as in Ecuador, making it the sound of Filipino craft authenticity.
Many things can be made out of Abaca, and the practices out of this material have been thoroughly applied from then until now. The use of Abaca has also been widespread, and soon became the source of income of many Filipino families across the Philippines. Here are the top export products that are made out of Abaca Fiber.
Way back in 1820, an American lieutenant of the US Navy brought a sample to his homeland and got interested with its unique durability and strength. After five years, the United States made negotiations with the Philippines for the exportation of Abaca to be made as cordage because it is tested and proven to withstand even when soaked under water.
PULP AND PAPER
In 1968, the Canlubang Pulp Manufacturing Company discovered that Abaca could produce pulps; they got interested and attracted many investors. When it was exported, the product became more popular as the pulps were used to create hats, decorations, chairs, ornaments, and even sculptures such as vases.
When the Philippine Abaca industry began to degrade, the hopeful Filipinos searched and made a way to have a new innovation out of abaca. The fiber crafts were born. These are rugs, mats, coasters, linen, and handbags. It became very successful and in demand overseas.
Sooner when abaca was further studied, it was discovered that it can be made into composite materials that are used in the construction of building marine vehicles.
Surprisingly, abaca can also be used in cosmetic products. Its enzymes are used in creating organic therapeutic skin care products like soaps, facial creams, and body creams.