THE MAKING OF

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The world of Abaca: the best, most lustrous fibre nature has to offer

Abaca is harvested by hand when fully matured
Tuxying separates the outerlayer of each stalk by inserting a tuxy knife between the layers
With a vigorous jerk the outer layer is separated from the stalk....
....and put aside for further processing
The tuxies are stripped by pulling them....
....through a movable set of knifes....
....to extract the fibres from the tuxy....
....by force....
....and team work
A well deserved small break....
Abaca fibres are left out to dry naturally in the sun
Abaca fibres are classified in a warehouse in accordance with government and international standards.
Finally the classified Abaca fibres are baled in 125 kg bales
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Preparing Abaca fibres

Abaca [Musa Textilis Née], a species of the Musaceae family of banana plants, originates from the Philippines. The warm, wet climate and volcanic soils of the Philippines are its natural environment. The soil is hardly exhausted by intensive cultivation. Other places do not have this prerequisite condition; an important basis for sustainability. Over 85% of world production originates from the Philippines. A minority is grown in Ecuador under less favourable conditions. 

The manual method of extraction is adapted especially to farmers in the hinterlands. They harvest the Abaca fields every 3-8 months after an initial growth period of 12-25 months. One stalk contains 200 to 300 grams of Abaca fibre.

 

Musett Design rug crafting

Everything is quiet on the Abaca workshop. Once in a while a tricycle or Jeepny passes by. A cock crows in the distance. No noises of rattling machines or engines are heard. Just the rhythmic sounds of the looms and the girls laughing in the background. Here it is peaceful, here it is slow. The craftsmen have the attention, patience and love for their trade. You can see, hear, experience and feel it here.

Musett Design envisions a world in which people can access and enjoy superior-crafted artefacts which are good for them, good for those who grow and craft them and good for our planet.

The strands determine both the thickness and colour pattern
Strands are knotted in preparation of the weaving of the Abaca rug
Finally a last colour check is done
Preparation of the loom
....is a meticulous labour
Row by row the rug is created
....all in good atmosphere....
....twisted, curled over and over again...
....carefully following the pattern....
....weaving in the prepared and knotted strands....
....with all sorts of different Abaca fibres....
....in all sorts of colour nuances.....
....in various shapes....
....in various diametres....
Different coiled tiles are sewed together
An Abaca braid or coil is positioned and fixed into a tile
When the weaving is done, the loom-ends have to be securely fixed
The surface of this big rug measuring 5 by 6 metres is carrefully prepared and smoothened
A rug of this size can weigh upto 200 kg
Abaca colours similar to human blond & highlighted hair
After thorough quality check finally a Musett Design label is granted and attached
An example of a larger artistic pattern of a coiled Abaca rug
A joyful shift of Musett Design Abaca rug crafters
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