We usually don’t know much more about Pineapple plants except his delicious sweet fruits. The production is indeed focused especially on the fruit. Right after harvesting the Pineapple, farmers usually get rid of the plant by burning it, but this decision doesn’t’ allow to do something very important, which is the direct harvest of the plant where the fiber comes from.
Pineapple is usually grown in sub tropical countries, such as Philippines, Taiwan, Brazil, Hawaii, India, Indonesia, and West Indies. The tradition use of the Pineapple fiber come from the Philippines. During the 19th century, the fabric obtained by the sweet fruit was very demanded, not only in the islands, but also in the rest of the world. When the much more economic cotton fabrics became popular, his production ended and this fiber almost disappeared. Just a few years ago very few people kept working this fiber, most of the times they were part-time farmers who were doing this just to keep the ancient tradition alive. It’s been a few years since when the interest for this fiber has been renewed, and thanks to some local producers this fiber came back to commerce.
The Pineapple fiber is one of the most thin cellulosic fibers that ever existed, this is why you can hear of “Pineapple silk”: this fiber gives birth to products with a look similar to linen but with an intense brightness. It’s soft and shiny, his natural color is similar to a white ivory. The fabrics and yarns obtained from it are light, breathable, resistant, and easy to wash.