Manila paper

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A stack of Manila paper.

Manila paper is a relatively inexpensive type of paper, generally made through a less refined process than other types of paper. It is typically made from semi-bleached wood fibres. It is not as strong as kraft paper but has better printing qualities. Manila is buff-coloured and the fibres are usually visible to the naked eye. Because this paper is generally inexpensive, it is commonly given to children for making child art.

Manila paper was originally manufactured in the Philippines, hence the name. It was made from Manila hemp or abacá.

Manila is most commonly used for making file folders. Some fashion schools and people in the fashion industry use large rolls of Manila to create finalised clothing patterns.

In East Africa, “Manila paper” refers to card stock paper.

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