Quick OverviewAbaca is probably the strongest natural fibre that is suitable for rope making (it is what mariners used before the arrival of polyesters), and weight-by-weight, bamboo is stronger than steel! The rope forms a loop at the top for suspension. Made in the Philippines. Length: 250cm, width: 33cm
DetailsThe small town of Irosin is situated in a volcanic region of the Philippines and is an abaca-growing area (abaca means 'manila hemp'). The land is owned by mostly absentee landowners, and people work as labourers on the abaca crop. The central trunk of the plant is the abaca itself, whilst the bark of the plant is called bakbak. Normally, the bakbak is gathered and burned as waste. However, a local shopkeeper invented a way of making baskets from the bakbak and wanted to develop this in a way that would be beneficial to the townspeople. Working with the local convent, the project grew and provided income-generating opportunities for landless farm workers, using what had once been regarded as a waste by-product.
As the project grew, it re-formed and is now an independent co-operative society. In addition to the baskets, the co-operative also makes the abaca rope used in these rope ladders. The ladders themselves are put together in another co-operative some distance away, whose speciality is working with bamboo.
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