Everything You Need to Know About Sisal Fiber

At a first glance, it’s hard to believe that this plant is related to this bracelet:

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But believe it or not the fiber used to make this product came directly from the leaves of the plant!

Known as sisal, this plant is native to Central America but is grown all over the world. The largest producers of sisal fiber today are Brazil and China. The sisal plant was first used commercially by way of the machine grain binder in the 1880’s, creating a demand for inexpensive twine.

Sisal fiber is durable and mostly inflexible. For these reasons it is mostly used to make chords such as ropes and twines. It has the ability to stretch and is resistant to breakage in salt water. The immense strength of sisal fiber means that its chords are mostly used in the agricultural, marine and shipping industries.

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Sisal fiber comes directly from the leaves of the sisal plant. A machine crushes the leaves of the plant between rollers in order to extract the fiber. Pulp is then scraped from the fiber, which is then washed and dried. Sisal fiber is usually white in color and can reach 40-50 inches in length once it is fully extracted from the plant.

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Aside from industrial ropes, the fiber can also be used to make rugs and brushes, and of course, jewelry!

We love these sisal fiber bracelets here at Global Goods Partners. Our bracelets are made by female artisans in Colombia who weave the fiber by hand. Gold-wire details adorn the exterior of the bracelets, making them a bold and unique statement piece that can brighten any outfit. Get your sisal fiber bracelet today!

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