Abaca, Unbleached

$10.50 per pound
  • Buy 16 for $9.25 each and save 11.9%

We are currently out of unbleached abaca and have many bales on order from our supplier in Asia but continue to have difficulty securing a shipping booking due to the worldwide shipping crisis. We should have more unbleached abaca in August.

Buy 1-15 pounds for $10.50 per pound

Unbleached abaca is beige/gray in color and is our most popular pulp. This abaca is in sheet form and can be processed very easily in a kitchen blender or other form of mixer if a Hollander beater is unavailable.

Availability: Out of stock

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Unbleached abaca is in sheet form and sold by the pound. It is our most popular pulp. Each sheet measures 24" x 31.5" and weighs about a pound. However we may cut sheets to fit more easily into boxes. Unbleached abaca can be processed very easily in a kitchen blender or other form of mixer if a Hollander beater is unavailable.

Abaca is the Philippine word for Manila hemp, the fiber that comes from the stalk of a special type of banana tree, Musa textilis. This fiber came into use in the U.S. primarily for the making of tea bags and filter paper which required a thin, porous paper capable of withstanding hard use. Abaca paper has incredible "wet strength", enabling the artist/papermaker to pick up a wet, newly formed sheet of paper and manipulate it into any shape without tearing the sheet. It also has a long fiber length and is excellent for sculptural applications as well as being a remarkable substitute for Japanese-style papermaking, eliminating the need for hand beating the bark fibers. Longer beating times in a Hollander produce wonderfully crisp and translucent sheets. We strongly recommend abaca as a versatile, all-purpose pulp.

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