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Article: What is Fique?

What is Fique

What is Fique?

Fique (Furcraea andina) is a plant similar to the agave plant as we mentioned in a previous article.

Sisal and Fique derive from the same botanical family, the agave plant, the difference is that the Fique’s fibers are more of a premium quality compared to the Sisal as they are shinier, delicate and flexible.

The Fique plant doesn't need any chemical or fertilizer to grow and needs small amounts of water to grow, making it a very resourceful fiber and a great sustainable option for natural fibers. 

Fique is one of the most durable and strong natural fibers, not long ago, it's threads were usually woven into rugh sacks to store and carry coffe and cacao beans.

The fique plant, native to Colombia, is a resilient and versatile species celebrated for its sustainable fibers. Here's a closer look at this remarkable plant and its eco-friendly attributes:

  1. Fique Plant Origins: The fique plant,  thrives in the Andean regions of Colombia. It belongs to the agave family and has been cultivated for centuries due to its various uses.

  2. Sustainable Fiber Production: Fique fibers are derived from the leaves of the plant, which are harvested sustainably without harming the environment. This makes fique a renewable and eco-friendly resource.

  3. Versatile Applications: Fique fibers are incredibly versatile and find applications in various industries, including textiles, construction, and automotive. They can be spun into yarns for textiles, used as reinforcement in composite materials, or even employed for thermoacoustic insulation.

  4. Biodegradability: One of the most appealing aspects of fique fibers is their biodegradability. Unlike synthetic materials, fique fibers naturally decompose over time, reducing environmental impact and waste.

  5. Social and Economic Benefits: Fique cultivation provides valuable income opportunities for local communities in Colombia, supporting livelihoods and fostering sustainable development.



Now, artisans have improved their weaving techniques and processes to get premium threads and colors. Today, fique is used to make all kind of rugs, some luxury rugs combine even fique with copper.

Our mission is for everyone to recognize this incredible material and give it back the importance it had before by designing functional and decorative items for daily use.

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