JUTE ROPES: Jute is a long, soft, shiny vegetable fibre that can be spun into coarse, strong threads. Jute is one of the most economical natural fibers and ranks second only to cotton in the amount produced and variety of uses of vegetable fibers. Jute ropes are composed primarily of the plant materials cellulose and lignin. Jute fiber is 100% bio-degradable and recyclable and thus environmentally friendly. It has high tensile strength, low extensibility. Advantages of jute include good insulating and antistatic properties, as well as having low thermal conductivity and a moderate moisture regain. Other advantages of jute include acoustic insulating properties and manufacture with no skin irritations. Jute can be blended with other fibers, synthetic as well as natural, and accepts cellulosic dyes such as natural, basic, vat, sulfur, reactive, and pigment dyes. For example, treating jute with caustic soda, crimp, softness, pliability, and appearance is improved. This improves its ability to be spun with wool. Liquid ammonia has a similar effect on jute, as well as the added characteristic of improving flame resistance when treated with flameproofing agents. Some disadvantages of jute include poor drapability and crease resistance, brittleness, fiber shedding, and yellowing under sunlight. However, preparation of fabrics with castor oil lubricants result in less yellowing and less fabric weight loss, as well as increased dyeing brilliance. The strength of Jute decreases when wet, and it also becomes subject to microbial attack under humid conditions. Jute can be processed with an enzyme in order to reduce some of its brittleness and stiffness. Once treated with an enzyme, jute shows an affinity to readily accept natural dyes. Reactive dyeing also works well on Jute. Reactive dyeing process is used for bright and fast coloured value-added diversified products made from jute.
SISAL ROPES: Sisal is a species of Agave and widely cultivated and naturalized in many countries. It yields a stiff fibre used in making various products including sisal ropes. Sisal is sometimes referred to as "sisal hemp", because for centuries hemp was a major source for fibre, and other fibre sources were named after it. Sisal fibres have been traditionally used for ropes and twine. Proper drying of sisal is important as fibre quality depends largely on moisture content. Artificial drying has been found to result in generally better grades of fibre as compared to sun drying, however it is not always feasible in the developing countries where sisal is produced. Fibre is subsequently cleaned by brushing. Dry fibres are machine combed and sorted into various grades, based mostly on the previous in-field separation of leaves into size groups. Traditionally, sisal has been the material of choice for agricultural twine because of its strength, durability, ability to stretch, affinity for certain dyestuffs, and resistance to deterioration in saltwater. However its traditional use is diminishing with competition from polypropylene. Low cost ropes, twines, and general cordage is being produced. Sisal has been utilized as an environmentally friendly strengthening agent to replace asbestos and fibreglass in composite materials in various uses such as the automobile industry. Medium-grade sisal fibres are used in the cordage industry for making ropes and twine. Sisal ropes and twines are widely employed for marine, agricultural, and general industrial use.
HEMP ROPES: Industrial hemp is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant species that is grown specifically for the industrial uses of its derived products. Hemp is one of the fastest growing plants and was one of the first plants to be spun into usable fiber 10,000 years ago. Hemp can be refined into a variety of commercial items including paper, textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastics, paint, insulation, biofuel...etc. A mixture of fiberglass, hemp fiber, kenaf, and flax has been used to make composite panels for automobiles. Hemp ropes were used in the age of sailing ships, though the rope had to be protected by tarring, since hemp rope has a vulnerability for breaking from rot, as the capillary effect of the rope-woven fibers tends to hold liquid at the interior, while seeming dry from the outside. Hemp rope was mostly replaced by Manila, which does not require tarring. Manila is sometimes also referred to as Manila hemp, but it is not related to hemp; it is abacá, a species of banana.
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Since we carry a wide variety of jute, sisal and hemp ropes with different dimensions, specifications and applications; it is impossible to list them all here. We encourage you to email or call us so we can determine which product is the best fit for you. When contacting us, please make sure to inform us about:
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