Abaca is an exciting fiber, desired by the paper industry, hand papermakers, and the weaving craft. It comes from a species of banana plant indigenous to the Philippines.
The fiber has been known to the western world since the 1500's when the Magellan came across it, and its uses, in the Philippines. It is also known as Manila hemp.
Abaca fiber lends to papers its natural hues of "...ivory white to light and dark brown." With a mean length of 1/4", abaca fibers add strength to paper, even when wet.
The paper industry capitalizes on the strength of the abaca fiber for such products as tea bad, coffee filters, and currency.
A favorite of hand papermakers, abaca is used by itself or blended with other fibers. Abaca allows the paper maker to make thin strong sheets, even when used in combination with shorter recycled fibers.
Abaca can contribute the desirable qualities of crispness and translucence to handmade paper. It also adds strength to cast paper projects, although the natural warm hue of abaca will tint cotton linter.
The Sheet Roughly measures to 24"x28"