Abaca or Manila Hemp fiber being loaded onto trucks at the port of Iloilo City. Philippines, 2009. Abaca, the fiber of a type of banana, was one the most important Philippine export. It was used in the production of cordage. Today, abaca is used in making premium papers including paper for printing currency. In Iloilo, abaca was also used in the production of a fine fabric called sinamay.
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