Hemp fibre is sourced from the outer stalk of the hemp plant, often extending continuously the full height of the plant (2 meters plus) and as strength is proportional to length hemp fibre is extremely strong. This is why it was commonly used for rope and sails where durability and strength are essential qualities.
Modern fabric processing means that hemp fibre can be woven or blended to produce fabrics suitable for the most arduous of industrial applications to the finest of fabrics suitable for delicate undergarments and every desired application in between.
Further to hemp,s environmental advantages agriculturally, the processing of hemp to produce fabrics requires not toxic industrial chemicals, unlike cotton, bamboo and synthetic fabrics.
Hemp fabric is a natural insulator, as it is a hollow core fibre like wool, it is also naturally anti-bacterial and has high U.V. resistance. Hemp fabric is also twice as absorbent as cotton which is why is was historically used as wicking in oil lamps, in modern times hemp fabric’s absorbency endears it to printers and painters as it draws ink, paint or dye deep into the fabric.
In a time of world wide need for alternative sustainable fabrics Hemp’s qualities make it an obvious rational choice compared to cotton and synthetics fabrics.