National Geographic : 1914 May
Photo by J. E . Kirkwood STRIPPING PALMA FIBER The central leaves of the cluster are soft and useless; such are rejected, as seen in the foreground. "The fiber is stripped from the leaves of the plants by hand. The leaves are long and narrow and the fibers extend from end to end. A workman seizes a leaf, lays it across a block of wood under a heavy dull knife, which is pressed upon the Photo byJ.E.Kirkwood A GROUP OF LARGE CACTI ON THE HACIENDA DECEDROS, 4TO5 FEET INHEIGHT leaf as it is drawn through, and thus parts thefiber from thepulpy tissue. The leaves of the palma must besoftened bysteaming before they are stripped, but those ofthelechuguilla may becleaned atonce" (see text, page 579).