BENEFITS OF THE SISAL FIBRE
More Insights on the Sisal Plant
Have you ever pictured the art behind the beautiful pieces of sisal handicraft,carefully crafted to suit the needs of the artistic consumer, woven in intricate designs and patterns ?
Sisal had always been a preserve of the traditionally less privileged,used for the making of twine and rope for domestic use but with changing times, it is becoming an important artifact in the world.
It is currently produced in vast amounts in Brazil,China,Kenya,Tanzania,Madagascar and Venezuela.It is a valuable resource in these countries ,and to many others,where it is exported for commercial use.It generates revenue for the host countries when exported to foreign countries, either manufactured or as raw material.
What exactly is sisal ? It is a strong fibre that is extracted from the sisal plant. Sisal is one of the worlds’ biggest sources of fibre.It is actually the sixth biggest source of fibre and is durable, and quite resistant to destructive weather elements like humidity.
It’s durability and strength gives it precedence over other fibres,and is a viable resource in the construction industry in the manufacture of fibre boards.Fibre boards easily replace stone and wood in real estate development, as it's capabilities far outweigh those of brick .They are fire resistant,less labour intensive and can be modified to suit a consumer's needs . Sisal planting is a practise geared towards environmental conservation, as it is mainly grown through natural means,thereby eliminating the need for chemical fertilizer.
For handicraft weaving,the fibre is extracted,dried and dyed if desired.The fibre strips are woven together to achieve the required length, and sewn together in the form or shape of the desired product.The result? Intertwined patterns of hand woven handicraft ,made to produce these end products : rope for agricultural and marine use , hats, baskets, carpets, name it ... for the indoors,outdoors and other decorative purposes.
It’s affordability makes it popular among people from all over the world.It was especially revered in ancient tradition,where it was incorporated into the interior décor of huts and other temporary structures to create a sense of royalty and prestige.
If you are seriously considering using sisal products for your outdoors through use of either crafted chairs ,tables, scratch posts for cats, or other crafts, make sure the place is properly shaded and aerated, to avert the adverse negative effects of weather, for a long-lasting and durable piece .
These end products are both beautiful and environmentally friendly,since they are naturally grown,reproduced and crafted.