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Sisal is an agave (century plant) that yields a stiff fibre traditionally used in making rope. Fibre is extracted by a process known as decortication, where sisal leaves are crushed and beaten, so that only fibres remain. In Tanzania, where production is typically on large estates, the leaves are transported to a central decortication plant, where water is used to wash away the waste parts of the leaf. After drying, the dry fibres are machine combed and sorted into various grades. The medium-grade fibre is used in the cordage industry for making ropes as you can see in this photograph taken in rope making factory in Tanga.

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  • Copyright: Miro Susta (mirosu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1281 W: 0 N: 2816] (13340)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2003-10-18
  • Exposure: f/2.8, 1/90 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2011-12-02 0:29
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