Sisal Fibre

Video Introduction

The 3 qualities:

Grade 3L (3 Long)

Lenght from 90 cm upwards.
Brushed fibre with minor defects in cleaning permissible. Free of tow, knots, barky or undecorticated fibre. Colour may vary from creamy-white to yellowish but a certain proportion of spotted or discoloured fibre is permissible.

Grade R (Rejections)

Lenght from 60 cm upwards.
defects in cleaning are allowable and some imperfectly decorticated fibre or barky runners are permissible. Free from undecorticated leaf and knots.

Grade D (Déclassé)

Lenght from 60 cm upwards.
Fibre that does not conform to the above mentioned grades as regards colour and cleaning.

Tow n°1"

Proper tow, free of line fibre and cuttings. Reasonably free of dust, but entirely free of sweepings, knots, barky or undecorticated fibre. Colour : creamy-white to cream.

Sisal production: step by step

  • 01. Cutting down

    The first step in the cultivation of sisal is to cut down and burn the old fields.

  • 02. Ploughing

    The land is then plowed using tractors and plows (cover crop).

  • 03. Planting

    The suckers are divided into rows by a first team, then a second team follows to plant them.

  • 04. Fields maintenance

    Fields are manually and mechanically maintained to prevent the growth of parasitic plants.

  • 05. Cutting

    The leaves are cut then attached in 20-sheet packages and gathered into a bunch of 150 packages.

  • 06. Transportation

    The transportation of the leaves to the defibrators is carried out by trailers and tractors.

  • 07. Defibration

    The defibrators mechanically peels the sisal leaves to extract the fibres.

  • 08. Drying

    The fibres are dried naturally under the sun, for a few hours or a few days depending on the weather.

  • 09. Gathering

    Dry fibres are picked up and taken to the factory for processing.

  • 10. Handfuls

    Preparation of small handles of fibres before brushing.

  • 11. Brushing

    The small handles are then brushed and ready for sorting.

  • 12. Sorting

    The fibres are sorted according to their qualities and assembled in blocks of 50 kg.