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Usage examples for abaca

  1. Almost all our clothing is knitted and woven by our wives; the abaca or vegetable silk, from the forest supplies us the thread that is necessary; we do not know what money is, we do not require any. – Adventures in the Philippine Islands by Paul P. de La Gironière
  2. The inhabitants practise various kinds of industry; they weave matting of extraordinary fineness and of the brightest colors, straw hats, cigar cases and brackets; they manufacture cloth and tissues of every sort from cotton, silk, and abaca they, from filaments taken from the leaves of the etuana, make cambric of a texture much finer than that of France; and they also manufacture coarse strong cloth for sails, and ropes and cables of all dimensions; they tan and dress leather and skins to perfection; they manufacture coarse earthen ware, and forge and polish arms of various kinds; they build ships of heavy tonnage, and also light and neat boats; and at Manilla they frame and finish- off beautiful carriages; they are also very clever workers in gold, silver, and copper; and the Indian women are specially expert in needlework, and in all kinds of embroidery. – Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce by E. R. Billings
  3. There is also a species of banana the fruit of which is not good to eat, but from which raw silk is formed, called abaca which is used to make clothes, and all kinds of cordage. – Adventures in the Philippine Islands by Paul P. de La Gironière
  4. The Philippines produce a great variety of tropical products such as rice, coffee, sugar, indigo, tobacco, cotton, cacao, abaca or vegetable silk, pepper, gums, cocoa- nuts, dye- woods, timber of all descriptions for furniture and the buildings, rattans of various kinds, and all the agreeable fruits of the tropics. – Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce by E. R. Billings
  5. The province exports about twice as much rice as it consumes; a large quantity to Albay, which, less adapted for the cultivation of rice, produces only abaca and a fair share to North Camarines, which is very mountainous, and little fertile. – The Former Philippines thru Foreign Eyes by Tomás de Comyn Fedor Jagor Rudolf Ludwig Carl Virchow Charles Wilkes