Origin of Sisal
sisal is originally from the yucatan peninsula in mexico
from agave leaves
Sisal is extracted from the leaves of the agave family. The leaves of the Agave plants are cut off when they have reached approx. 110–150 cm long. The grain of the leaf later becomes the fibre. First, the juice is squeezed out (which is used to make tequila). The fibres are then dried, packed, and shipped on bales.
from mexico to tanzania
The majority of sisal used to come from Mexico; from the harbour town of Sisal on the Yucatan peninsula. You guessed it; this is where the name stems from. Nowadays, the sisal comes from Tanzania where the notably better kind, Katani Bora, is used to produce our carpets and rugs. Once here the fibres are dyed, spun into yarn and then woven into the end product.