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Natural Fibre Care

Natural Fibre Care

Abaca Weave (Banana Leaf)

Banana leaf rope comes from plant fibres, which belongs to the banana tree, hence the multiple names. The plant itself grows up to 3 meters tall or more and can be harvested every 2 years.


The harvesting begins with removing the semi dry outer layer of the banana tree trunk. Once removed, it requires very little processing. It is laid in the sun to dry by itself.

 

Once dried, it is then stripped and twisted as a material in the form of ropes. The ropes are strong and tough, and they take on the natural colour characteristics of the fibre. The ropes are then used as weaving material or as binding around furniture frames.  As a final process, it is spray coated with a protective clear polyurethane lacquer.

 

Combination Weave (Combines Abaca & Sarang Buaya):

Abaca weave (banana leaf) is combined with a rattan species known as Sarang Buaya, this type of rattan material comes from the lush Indonesian forest of Kalimantan and Sumatra. Sarang Buaya rattan has a dark coffee - black - brown colour and is usually used as the uprights in a weaving structure and the Banana rope as the weaving material.

 

Kubu Rattan Weave

Kubu rattan is another species of Rattan that grows abundantly and wild in the lush Indonesian forests of Kalimantan, Sumatra and many other areas. It is white to beige in actual dried state and is further processed to be either used as weaving materials or as wicker core. Kubu rattan can be naturally stained to reach a grey colour known as Kubu grey.

 

Wicker

Wicker is a hard woven fibre formed into a rigid material, commonly used for baskets and furniture. The wicker material can be derived from any part of a plant, such as the cores of cane or rattan stalks, or whole thicknesses of plants such as willow. Other natural origins include reed and bamboo.

Wicker as a product is light yet sturdy, making it suitable for furniture that will be moved often. It is popular as outdoor - patio furniture.

 

Vast Care Factor:

  • Vacuum on low suction over the fibres to remove built-up dust;
  • Wipe up any spills immediately using a clean cotton cloth;
  • Avoid placing product in direct sunlight as fibre colours will fade;
  • It is not recommended for these products to be in completely exposed areas - unless otherwise stated;
  • Do not use acids or alkaline on this products in cleaning;
  • It is recommended to annually apply a polyurethane, to re-adhere & strengthen fibres & prolong the product life.