Learning about Maguey

Children 5th and 6th grade learned about the process for obtaining maguey fibers. They learned that maguey fibers obtained by processing the leaves. The leaves were cut from the body of the plant and the spines removed. The leaves were then cooked in an oven to make then tender. Once they were cooked, the leaves were used as food or scraped over a pounding slab to obtain long threads to make ropes or to spin to weave textiles.