Coco Fibre is harvested from the husk of the Coconut from Cocos Nucifera Palm, a variety found principally in Sri Lanka.
Interestingly, although Coconut Palms grow in many other parts of the world, it is only here that the fibre, which surrounds the nut, is long enough to be of use in the brush-making industry.
Having been stripped from the outside of the nut, the fibre goes through a process known as "retting". This is done by first soaking the husk in water pits until the outer layer begins to break down, and then mechanically hackling, or combing the fibre. The fibre is then either dyed or bleached according to the colour required, and is then further hackled by hand - a highly skilled operation - before being finally tied up into small bundles.
Coco Fibre is a very lightweight material, making it suitable for softer sweeping brooms. Its low cost makes it the best choice for economical domestic brushware.
It has good liquid carrying properties, and is resistant to many chemicals and solvents thanks to its natural oil content.
Apart from its use for the manufacture of brushware, we also market this fibre to model makers, who find it an ideal material to reproduce thatching on model cottages etc.
Natural Coco Fibre is frequently used as nesting material for breeders of Finches and other exotic birds. We do not recommend the use of Bleached or Dyed Fibres for this purpose.
We carry substantial stocks of this fibre in its natural yellow/brown colour, dyed black and also a "mouse" colour, a kind of grey/green colour very similar in appearance to Arenga Fibre.
We can fully dress this material for use in high speed filling machines, and blend it with other natural and synthetic fibres to produce a multitude of textures and other properties.