Ashori, A.

Fibers & Polymers 7 (1): 26–29.


Samples of kenaf (Hibiscus cannabinus) grown in Malaysia were examined to determine the kraft pulp and papermaking properties of their bast (or bark) fibers. Using kraft pulping process showed that bast fibers were relatively easy to cook resulting good pulp yields in the range of 45-51 %. The bast pulp produced sheets with great density, tear index and dry zero-span breaking length. Kenaf bast fiber is considered promising for production of high-grade printing, writing and specialty papers.