Abaca comes from the abaca plant, which belongs to the banana family. This plant is cultivated on a large scale basis in countries like Indonesia and the Philippines. It has economic significance, and is harvested for its fibre. The plant itself grows up to be about 6 meters tall.
The fibre is a tough material that can be used in a wide variety of applications. It is harvested every 18-25 months. The tree itself has a life span of about 10 years. That means throughout its lifespan, a tree can be harvested for about 4 to 6 times.
The harvesting begins with removing the outer layer of the banana tree. Once removed, it requires little processing. It is laid in the sun to dry by itself. Once tried, it can be twisted to be made into ropes. The ropes are strong and tough, and takes on the characteristics of the fibre. Furniture manufacturers like to use the ropes to create all kinds of furniture.
The process of creating abaca furniture is somewhat similar to cane furniture. After the ropes have been created from the tree fibre, it is used to wrap around furniture frames to create different types of furniture. The weaving process is what makes the appearance of abaca furniture similar to cane furniture.
Like cane, abaca has a rich natural color. Once completed, the furniture can be left in its natural colors, or it can be finished with paints or dyes. Usually, it is left in its natural state. This reduces production costs, and the furniture also looks better in its natural colors.
As you can imagine, all kinds of furniture can be created from this versatile material. If there is something you can find in cane, you can find in abaca. For instance, you can find corner sofa sets, standalone arm chairs, bar tables, coffee tables, bar chairs, dining tables, dining chairs, and more.
Abaca furniture has the ability to transform the environment into something that is relaxing. Perhaps this is due to the fact that the furniture is created with a natural material. The surroundings tend to be more serene and peaceful. Therefore, alongside other types of furniture, it is common to find abaca furniture in holiday resorts, by the pool, etc. If you are in the habit of relaxing in the study room, perhaps it would be a good idea to place an abaca chair in the room. It will help you relax as you read.
As for maintenance, abaca furniture is very easy to maintain. Clean it regularly with warm water and a damp cloth to remove any dirt, dust or grime that may have accumulated over time. This will help protect the abaca furniture. If there are cushions, remove them and air them while you clean the furniture.