What is sisal? – Some of you might have never heard of it so we decided to write an article to give you all the basic information you need to know about this material.

Origin

Sisal is a natural fibre extracted from the leaves of a plant called Agave Sisalana. It is a succulent plant that originates from Mexico and grows well in dry climates. Sisal is an exceptionally durable and strong material, and has a wide variety of traditional applications such as twine, ropes, string, and yarn, and can also be woven into carpets, mats, and various handicrafts.

Sustainability

Over centuries of natural and commercial production, the sisal plant and its products have proved that they can serve as a sustainable renewable resource.  It is truly an eco-friendly option: not only is it a renewable resource, but it can also be easily cultivated without any pesticides or chemical fertilizers, thus further reducing damage to the environment. Since sisal is made from plant fibers, it is also completely biodegradable. So after it served its time it won’t spend an eternity taking up space in a landfill.

Properties

Sisal is exceptionally durable and requires low maintenance. Because of it being a natural material, it is non-toxic and good for people with allergies and asthma. The fibres resist static so they do not attract or trap dust particles easily.

The look of sisal is something for which it is prized as well. Like many other natural fibres, sisal has a distinctive tan that naturally comes from the plant fibers it’s made of. These fibres are woven into a natural looking fabric that will fit with nearly any decor. But if you do prefer patterns or colors, its fine texture absorbs dyes easily so many colours can be woven in to create a variety of other unique looks.

What is not to like?

Because of its absorbent qualities, sisal is prone to staining, and it can not be wet for too long. It is a tough material, which makes it durable, but this toughness is also rough to the touch. If softness is a priority, then a material such as wool or jute might be more suitable.