This section is from the "A Complete Dictionary of Dry Goods" book, by George S. Cole. Also available from Amazon: A complete dictionary of dry goods and history of silk, cotton, linen, wool and other fibrous substances,: Including a full explanation of the modern processes ... together with various useful tables.
Pineapple Cloth. A sort of fine fabric made of the filaments of the leaves of the pineapple plant. The leaves are gathered by the natives just before the ripening of the fruit, and the prickly edges being cut off, the leaves are beaten upon a wooden block with a mallet until a silky looking mass of fiber is obtained; which after being washed and dried is ready for spinning. The yarn so prepared is woven by the natives into fine shawls, scarfs, handkerchiefs, etc. The texture is soft and delicate, and the color generally a pale yellow.