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Manila rope

A natural fibre rope Manila has many uses whether you want to decorate your garden or as part of your decking. 

Due to the versatile properties of this rope and its natural colour this rope is very popular with landscape gardeners. 

Uses for Manilla

Garden Decking

Ships Rigging

Children’s play equipment

Construction

Tug of War Rope / Battle Ropes

Many of our products are available to trade and wholesale

Please contact us by phone on 01634 823890 or email us (link below) to set up a trade account or for further information.

Manilla Products

36mm, 40mm, 44mm and 48mm are available on special request – there is a minimum order quantity of 50 metres for each of these size ropes. 36mm Manila is also the best choice for Tug of War ropes and Battle of the Ropes

Important: Make sure you buy the right diameter as rope swells.

Please call the office on 01634 823890 or email enquiries@master-ropemakers.co.uk for further information.

About manilla

Manila Rope is made using Abaca, another member of the “hard” fibre group is the Spanish name for what is more widely called Manila hemp, and is indigenous to the Philippines.

When mature the abaca plant consists of about 12 to 30 stalks radiating from a central root system. Each of these stalks is about 12 to 20 feet high and the fibre is stripped from the stem rather than the leaf, with each stalk being cut into sheaths and then strips or “tuxies”. The strips are then scraped (i.e. either hand or machine “decorticated”) to remove the pulp, then sometimes washed and dried. The outer leaves of the plant are wider and contain more but coarser fibre than the inner leaves.

Harvesting of the stalks usually takes place between 18 and 24 months from the first shoots. The abaca plant to the untrained eye, can easily be mistaken for the banana plant – without the fruit.

The Republic of the Philippines remains the largest producer at around 50,000 tons per annum, but over the past 40 years production has been developed in Ecuador which today produces some 11,000 tons. Production in the Philippines is based on a “smallholder” system of agriculture, with most farms being between 3 and 5 hectares in size. The Ecuadorian system is more reminiscent of the African sisal industry and is essentially a large estate-based industry although there is also a substantial smallholder Co-operative movement.

Manila hemp, which became known to the western commercial world in about 1820, was, until the advent of henequen, used for general cordage purposes where it largely replaced true hemp and flax. Until the advent of the first synthetic fibres manila was the premier material for marine ropes where its strength, lightness and water-resistance were appreciated.

Today, although marine and other ropes are still important, it is mainly used in the paper making industry. Because of its relatively long staple length, strength and cellulose content, it is particularly used in the manufacture of a range of specialised papers including tea and coffee bags, sausage casing paper, electrotytric papers, currency notes, cigarette filter papers, medical /food preparation/disposal papers and some high-quality writing paper. There is also a thriving abaca fibre handicraft industry operating in the Philippines, exporting on a world wide basis.