About Hemp

Hemp, the Fiber for a Sustainable Future

photo courtesy of Ecolution.com All of our hemp is manufactured in and imported from Romania.  The company which produces this hemp pays its workers a living wage. The hemp plants are grown without the use of pesticides.

In making yarn from raw hemp the company follows a chemical-free processing method to bring out the natural beauty of the fiber. Using a series of increasingly fine mechanical combings done in two stages known as scutching and hackling, they follow traditional Eastern European methods used for hemp processing .

This environmentally-sound processing preserves the structure of the hemp fiber. This distinguishes their line, making it superior to chemically processed short-fiber hemp products from China — see the adjoining image comparing Romanian and Chinese hemp fibers. Chemical processing, which treats the fiber with heavy caustic sodas and acid rinses, strips the fiber of much of its luster and strength and produces hazardous, environmentally-destructive waste.

Hemp cultivation is one of the most earth-friendly types of agriculture.  It requires little watering and no pesticides.  It improves the soil it grows in, obviating the need for fertilizers.  It is the fastest growing crop, and acre for acre, hemp produces over twice as much fiber than cotton and six times that of flax.

As a wearable fiber, hemp is mold and uv light resistant, can be machine washed and dried, and takes dyes well.  It is the strongest, most durable natural fiber.  Clothing made with hemp holds it shape better than any other fiber.  Its porous structure makes it warm in winter and cool in summer.  And it is biodegradable, so that when discarded, hemp items will break down like any plant material.  

Only in recent years has hemp processing advanced to allow the fiber to be used in household and apparel items.  For thousands of years, the coarseness of hemp confined its use to rough items such as cordage, sacking, and sailcloths.  Thanks to a newly discovered enzyme-based softening process, we can now weave, knit, and crochet with this beautiful fiber.