Gampi paper is made in the Philippines from bark fibre. The bark comes from the Abaci tree, which looks very much like a banana tree. The exceedingly strong fibres in the bark have made it a much-used raw material for many centuries already. It used to be widely used for making rope and clothes. The long fibre structure provides a beautiful, silky finish that makes this paper particularly attractive. For the production of paper, other fibres are also added, including Cogon grass. This ‘useless’ weed was discovered as being extremely suitable for paper production.