Annotto Fibre


Annotto Fibre
ANNOTTO FIBRE
The stems of the leaves of this shrub (Bixa orellana) are used for rope making by the natives of St. Domingo. The plant grows to a height of 8 or 10 feet, having leaves of a reddish-brown colour and about 4-in. long. The leaves are also used to make a red dye by dissolving in an alkali, but as the colour is fugitive when exposed to light and air, it is not popular.

Dictionary of the English textile terms. 2014.