Sisal Fiber is made from the leaves of the plant. The fibre is usually obtained by a machine in which the leaf is crushed between rollers. The resulting pulp is scraped from the fibre, and the fibre is washed and then dried by mechanical or natural means. The lustrous fibre strands, usually creamy white, average 100 to 125 cm (40 to 50 inches) in length and are fairly coarse and inflexible. Sisal fibre is especially valued for cordage use because of its strength, durability, ability to stretch, affinity for certain dyestuff’s, and resistance to deterioration in salt water. The fibre is very similar to that of the related henequen (Agave fourcroydes).