kenaf (fiber)

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Scope note
Fiber from the species Hibiscus cannabinus. It is light colored, resistant to water, soft, elastic, and silky. Kenaf was unknown in the West until late in the 18th century, when cordage and sacking made from the fiber were brought to Europe. It was used as a substitute for jute fiber in WW II; also used as a substitute for hardwood fibers in papermaking.
Accepted term: 15-Jul-2024