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A History of Hemp Textiles

Hemp is one of the oldest and most versatile crops in the world. It has been used for centuries to make a wide variety of products, including textiles, paper, rope, and even food.

The earliest evidence of hemp cultivation dates back to 8000 BC in China. Hemp was also grown in ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. In fact, the word "canvas" is derived from the ancient Greek word for hemp.

Hemp was a major crop in Europe during the Middle Ages. It was used to make everything from sails to clothing. Hemp was also used to make paper, which was the most common writing material until the invention of the printing press.

In the 19th century, the rise of synthetic fibres such as cotton and polyester led to a decline in the use of hemp for textiles. However, in recent years, there has been a renewed interest in hemp due to its sustainability and environmental benefits.

Hemp is a very sustainable crop. It requires very little water and fertilizer to grow, and it can be grown on a variety of soils. Hemp also helps to improve soil quality and reduce erosion.

Hemp is also a very environmentally friendly crop. It does not require pesticides or herbicides, and it does not produce any harmful emissions. Hemp is also a renewable resource, which means that it can be replanted and harvested year after year.

As a result of its sustainability and environmental benefits, hemp is becoming increasingly popular as a textile fibre. Hemp textiles are soft, strong, and durable. They are also naturally resistant to UV rays and mould.

Here are some of the benefits of using hemp textiles:

  • Hemp is a sustainable crop that requires very little water and fertilizer to grow.
  • Hemp is an environmentally friendly crop that does not require pesticides or herbicides.
  • Hemp is a renewable resource that can be replanted and harvested year after year.
  • Hemp textiles are soft, strong, and durable.
  • Hemp textiles are naturally resistant to UV rays and mould.
  • Hemp textiles are a great choice for people who are looking for a sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative to traditional textiles.
  • Hemp textiles are also a great choice for people who are looking for a natural and comfortable fabric.

Hemp textiles are a great choice for people who are looking for a sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative to traditional textiles. Hemp textiles are also a great choice for people who are looking for a natural and comfortable fabric.

BUSINESS PRACTICES

We embrace sustainability where ever possible in all aspects of the business: from the fabrics we use, our makers, packaging. In 2014 we teamed up with a local business called Carbon Neutral and became part of their Plant A Tree program.

For every online purchase, a percentage of proceeds goes toward planting a native tree in Australia on our customer’s behalf.

Carbon Neutral specialises in biodiverse conservation plantings, using trees and shrubs that are native to Australia. Native trees help to reduce soil salinity, provide wind breaks, enhance biodiversity, sequester greenhouse gas emissions and restore habitat for native animals.

So by supporting our business, our customers are also supporting a greener Australia.

FOR THE LOVE OF HEMP.

Hemp is an incredibly versatile plant and an excellent fibre to wear. It breathes beautifully, is warming in winter and cooling in summer; boasting the highest UV protection of all natural fibres.

Hemp grows extremely fast, producing more fibre yield per acre than any other source. Hemp can produce 250% more fibre than cotton and 600% more fibre than flax using the same amount of land.

Moreover, hemp does not exhaust the soil. Hemp plants shed their leaves all through the growing season, adding rich organic matter to the topsoil and helping it retain moisture. Farmers have reported excellent hemp growth on land that has been cultivated steadily for nearly 100 years.

Its natural antibacterial properties make it perfect for asthma and allergy sufferers and its ability to thermoregulate make it perfect against the skin all year round.

TRANSPARENCY

Our premium 100% hemp fabric is grown in South China and woven in central China. Due to its antibacterial properties, the use of pesticides and chemicals are not needed in its production.

The plant is harvested, and the husk is stripped back to reveal the long strands of bast fibre that are the basis of the yarn. It is dried, beaten and spun before it is woven and then dyed using OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certified dyes in China.

If you have any questions at all about our supply chain please reach out!

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BUSINESS PRACTICES

We embrace sustainability where ever possible in all aspects of the business: from the fabrics we use, our makers, packaging. In 2014 we teamed up with a local business called Carbon Neutral and became part of their Plant A Tree program.

For every online purchase, a percentage of proceeds goes toward planting a native tree in Australia on our customer’s behalf.

Carbon Neutral specialises in biodiverse conservation plantings, using trees and shrubs that are native to Australia. Native trees help to reduce soil salinity, provide wind breaks, enhance biodiversity, sequester greenhouse gas emissions and restore habitat for native animals.

So by supporting our business, our customers are also supporting a greener Australia.

FOR THE LOVE OF HEMP.

Hemp is an incredibly versatile plant and an excellent fibre to wear. It breathes beautifully, is warming in winter and cooling in summer; boasting the highest UV protection of all natural fibres.

Hemp grows extremely fast, producing more fibre yield per acre than any other source. Hemp can produce 250% more fibre than cotton and 600% more fibre than flax using the same amount of land.

Moreover, hemp does not exhaust the soil. Hemp plants shed their leaves all through the growing season, adding rich organic matter to the topsoil and helping it retain moisture. Farmers have reported excellent hemp growth on land that has been cultivated steadily for nearly 100 years.

Its natural antibacterial properties make it perfect for asthma and allergy sufferers and its ability to thermoregulate make it perfect against the skin all year round.

TRANSPARENCY

Our premium 100% hemp fabric is grown in South China and woven in central China. Due to its antibacterial properties, the use of pesticides and chemicals are not needed in its production.

The plant is harvested, and the husk is stripped back to reveal the long strands of bast fibre that are the basis of the yarn. It is dried, beaten and spun before it is woven and then dyed using OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certified dyes in China.

If you have any questions at all about our supply chain please reach out!

Get in touch
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