I was continuously impressed by the resourcefulness of the Indian people. They don't let anything go to waste, including discarded coconut shells. If you let them dry out in the sun they make a fibers like this.
Then they loosen the fiber up and get it prepped for the spinning wheel. A women skillfully feeds the fibers into the wheel which then made some very strong and useful rope. I saw this type of rope being used everywhere including holding many of their structures together.
Now I wonder if there is anything laying around in my yard that I could make rope out of?