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ABACA

ABACA

The sclerenchyma bundles from the sheathing leaf bases of Musa textilis, a plant closely resembling the edible banana plant. These bundles are stripped by hand, after which they are cleaned by drawing over a rough knife. The fibre bundles are now whitish and lustrous, and from six to twelve feet (1.8–3.6 meters) long. Being coarse, extremely strong and capable of resisting tension, they are much used in the manufacture of ropes and cables. Read more..

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Aramid fibre

Aramid fibre

Aramid fibre Aramid fibre is a name of a specific type of extremely strong and heat-resistant fibre introduced early in the 1960s by the chemical giant DuPont under the trade name Nomex. Aramid fibres are aromatic polyamides that are manufactured and formed with a...
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