It is known as raffia to one Palm tree found in America and in Africa , whose main characteristic is that it allows to obtain a high strength flexible fiber . The term, in fact, is used to refer specifically to said fiber.
As tree , the raffia belongs to the genre Raphia . It has large leaves and fruits elliptically.
Refering to fiber , There is natural raffia which is extracted from the plant and also a synthetic raffia produced from Polypropylene which is usually made by interlacing threads. After being treated to optimize the appearance, the raffia is used to make clothes, tapestries and decorative elements, for example.
One of the most common uses of raffia is the production from reusable bags . These bags are waterproof and resistant, which make them useful in many areas and help minimize the plastic bags that are polluting.
In this context, the raffia is promoted by environmental organizations and those who aim to minimize the amount of waste in order to take care of the environment . The premise is to stop using single-use plastic bags to carry products that are bought in markets and shops, and replace them with raffia bags that can be used over and over again without problems since they have great durability.
Raffia, on the other hand, allows the development of canvases. East product It is used to make enclosures, hide views and establish fences or boundaries.