This fiber, botanically known as Musa textilis, comes from the Philippines. Abaca production has been regulated by the Philippine government since 1914 when it classified abaca fiber based on color, strength and cleanliness. This method of quality control has been effective and there are grading stations throughout the abaca growing regions, where independent inspectors classify all of the fibers produced. The highest quality fibers are hand or spindle stripped and are classified as an S grade. The fiber we carry is S grade.