Abaca rugs: How a passion is changing livesTHE BICOL region in the Philippines is the cradle of abaca production; which is where faux makes its beautiful hand-woven carpets from this most genuinely Filipino of raw materials.The abaca plant (Musa textilis) looks much like a banana tree, and is cut down to extract the fibers in its trunk. These are stripped by hand, dried and classified according to color and texture; yes, there is such a thing as grade “A” abaca. The outermost layer of the fiber is the darkest; the next layer is called honey, then tan and, finally, cream, with wheat interwoven among those layers. Cream is the most expensive, because there isn’t much of it. After grading comes segregation, then the abaca is stored in bales before weaving begins. From the cutting of a plant to the start of weaving takes about a month and a half; it will take one person a week to weave a 3 by 7-foot carpet.Abaca has unique characteristics that make it different from other fibers being Elegant Strong and Shiny. Eco-Friendly and Unchanged for CenturiesWeavers’ still use looms that have remained essentially unchanged for centuries; only LED lights are among the few concessions to modernity. The process is environmentally sound from beginning to end, using no chemicals, and with all the waste products (such as residual fiber) recycled and completely biodegradable. The consistency has won our weavers recognition; who received a Green Philippines Islands of Sustainability Eco Switch Planet Award for Energy Efficiency among small and medium enterprises, an award sponsored by the European Union. For more pricing and further information please send us your inquiry: Custom Order

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