Abaca Fiber Nativity Set from the Philippines

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We love this colorful and regal nativity set from the Philippines! Made from abaca fibers and fair trade imported. The tallest figure in this Filipino nativity set measures 6 inches high.

Abaca is a hard natural fiber derived from the leaf stalks of a tropical plant of the banana family. The abaca plant resembles the edible banana but has narrower leaves and inedible fruits. They take 16 to 28 months to mature. The fibers are obtained from the outer portions of the leaf stalk. Each fiber strand ranges from 3 feet to 9 feet in length and is glossy, stiff, light in weight, cream colored and resistant to salt water. The fiber is chiefly used in the manufacture of high-quality marine and industrial cordage. Ropes usually used by ships are made of abaca. It is the strongest of all commercial plant fibers; 3 times as strong as cotton, twice as strong as sisal, and a little stronger than true hemp.

By purchasing this nativity scene, you are supporting artisans from impoverished areas of Philippines. This item was acquired through the Fair Trade movement, which pays fair prices to the artisans, and puts people first, not profits.

See more nativity scenes from the Philippines, or visit our Unique Nativity collection for more amazing nativities from Around the World!

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6 inch (15 cm)
Made From:
Abaca Fiber
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1 Review

  • 5
    Beautifully made, arrived quickly.

    Posted by Gigi on Dec 28th 2018

    I love it!

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