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Strong, coarse fibers obtained from the leaves of Furcraea macrophylla plants native to South America. Fique fibers are similar to sisal but have more flexibility. They are used for sacks, brushes, coffee bags, and sack cloth.

Synonyms and Related Terms

cabuya; aloes vert; Furcraea macrophylla; Furcraea gigantea (Mauritius hemp)

Other Properties

Good resistance to water.

Fiber length = 3-5 feet (0.9-1.5 m)

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • J.Gordon Cook, Handbook of Textile Fibres:I Natural Fibres, Merrow Publishing Co. , Durham, England, 1984
  • Identification of Textile Materials, The Textile Institute, Manchester, England, 1985