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Strong, flexible fibers obtained from Neoglazovia variegata plants that are native to Brazil. Caroa fibers are soft and creamy white but twice as strong as jute. They have a high proportion of lignin and become yellow in sunlight. Caroa is used for cordage, ropes, netting, and lightweight suiting fabrics.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Neoglazovia variegata; Fibrasil

Physical and Chemical Properties

  • Good resistance to water.
  • Length = up to 4 feet (1.2 m)

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971
  • J.Gordon Cook, Handbook of Textile Fibres:I Natural Fibres, Merrow Publishing Co. , Durham, England, 1984

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