Manila rope is very durable, flexible and resistant to salt water
damage, allowing its use in rope, hawsers, ships' lines and fishing
nets. It can be used to make handcrafts like bags, carpets,
clothing and furniture.
Manila ropes shrink when they become wet. This effect can be
advantageousunder certain circumstances, but if it is not a wanted feature, it
should be well taken into account. Since shrinkage is more
pronounced the first time the rope becomes wet, new rope is usually
immersed into water and put to dry before use so that the shrinkageis less thanit would be if the rope had never been wet. A major disadvantage in
this shrinkage is that many knots made with Manila rope became
harder and more difficult to untie when wet, thus becoming subject
of increased stress.