A huge selection of commercial products like textiles, clothing, shoes, or bags are being made using Hemp. Its fibers produce textiles that are 100% hemp, but they are usually being mixed with other fibers, like cotton or silk, to make woven fabrics for apparel and furnishings.
How it’s Made:
Traditional process for hemp cloth production includes water-retting, then from the core fiber is separated by hand and with the use of brush rollers. Fiber is twisted and woven into an organic cloth.(1)
Hemp is an exceptionally durable and strong eco friendly fabric thus has a tensile strength eight times that of cotton fiber. It is also considered non-irritating to the skin and hypoallergenic by many.(2)
Hemp wrinkles easily and is not colorfast so it does not give a rich color on the fabric.(3)
Hemp fabric has developed a lot ever since it started 10,000 years ago. Remnants of hemp cloth was found in Iraq that had been spun around 8000 BC.(4)
Looking to the Future:
The possibilities for hemp fabrics are immense in the future. Hemp having a vast potential to be produced cheaply, it will eventually supersede cotton, linen and polyester.(5)