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Toughness of raffia fibre akin to linen twine & pliable like silk
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Raffia fibres peeled from raffia palm and normally dyed with natural pigments are used in textile and construction industries. Membrane on the underside of each individual frond leaf is taken off to create a long thin fibre, which is dyed and woven. These fibres are also used as a natural string in many countries.

Strand of raffia is inserted through needle in such a way that it goes under a crossover between a single and weft thread. This process is continued again until the end of the strand on the cloth surface is only 1/2 mm long.

Raffia strands are cut equally so that there are two very short tufts between two strands. As there are no knots, weaving is done tightly so as to hold the stitch in place. This process is continued till the linear block of the same color has been completed.

Kuba peoples of the Kasai river region from Africa make the finest quality raffia clothes, which are delivered across whole of Central Africa and also to the countries of Europe and the United States.

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