(also known as the Century Plant) an agave originally from Mexico but now cultivated worldwide. The leaves of the plant yield fibres, known as pita, which are suitable for making rope, matting and coarse cloth. They are also used for the embroidery of leather in a technique known as piteado.
a fibre which is manufactured rather than occurring naturally. Man-made fibres can be further divided into: cellulosic or artificial fibres, which are made from naturally occurring polymers such as wood pulp; and synthetic fibres, which are made from chemically derived polymers. Last referenced in: Trade and trade policy: the US clothing import market (Global Apparel Markets Issue 25)