Drying sisal fibres

Drying sisal fibres

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Credit: PHILIPPE PLAILLY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Hemp production. Workers hang out the hemp fibres obtained from sisal plants, Agave sisalana, to dry in the sun. Hemp fibres are woven together to make rope and can be mixed with plastic to make biocomposite materials. Sisal leaves each contain 1000-1200 fibre bundles which can be up to 1.5 metres long. The fibres are separated from the leaves by crushing and scraping, and are then dried for 8-12 hours. The fibres are a renewable resource, as well as being strong, cheap, light, biodegradable, and easier & safer to handle than man-made materials. Sisal is mainly grown in Africa & South America. Photographed in Madagascar.

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Keywords: agriculture, biocomposites short, farming, fibre, harvest, hemp, land use, plant, sisal, traditional

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