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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)

Physical and Chemical Properties

  • Good resistance to water.
  • Fiber length = 3-5 feet (0.9-1.5 m)

Resources and Citations

  • 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