Philippine Fiber Secret to Naturally Water-Repellent Rainwear

Allegri raincoat

Photo credit: Allegri

In this tog-eat-tog world, the future of fashion—let alone that of green fashion—lies entirely in the industry's chameleon-like ability to reinvent itself. Take Italian outerwear company Allegri, for example. Although better known for its nylon jackets, the luxe label has unveiled an innovative line of rain gear that uses a natural water repellent derived from plant fibers from the Philippines.
Made from abaca, a durable fiber obtained from the leafstalk of a banana (Musa textilis) native to the country, the men's and women's classic trench coats have no need for any further chemical waterproofing.

Abaca is also known as Manila hemp, even though it bears no relation to actual hemp. Grown in the wild in the Philippines, the vegetal fiber was once used to manufacture mooring and ship ropes because of its ability to wick away moisture.

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