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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CanmoreKevin (2111) 2012-04-29 7:14
Plenty of detail to assure me that it is not a place in which I would want to work. The patterns on the clothing are a nice contrast to the surroundings.
Miguel82 (24127) 2012-07-01 4:13
A very good presentation of that artisanal work with vegetal material
Sharp picture and fine colors
Good pov and details
Have a nice We
gus72 (3719) 2013-04-15 19:17
HI Miro !!
I am delighted that I found a golfer in TE....... I had a look at your web site with golf courses from so many countries.I have played some from your Australian list.
Sisal..... I am also familiar with this fibre, I was using it in primary school doing hand bags as part of the curriculum.
This photo tells the story of Africa so well..... the ladies use very colourful fabrics for the dresses, etc.
Cheers for now.
ikeharel (58113) 2014-01-23 7:14
Good evening Miro,
Interesting photo show the ladies at work, and a very intriguing machine they use. I tried to figure what is the complex and how it operates, but this might be one of the trade's secrets.
Fine post the machine and ladies on pic. space, allow more to see within the workshop.