Hemp products from hemp textile
Posted on Tuesday, July 21 2020 02:00:00 AM in HMPLB Blog by Siew-Joe Lee
Hemp is known as the most environmentally friendly crop. It requires less water, less land and little to no pesticides and herbicides to grow and harvest in comparison to many commonly used crops grown for textile fibers. Due to these reasons, it also leaves the smallest ecological footprint on our planet.
Almost all parts of the hemp plant can be used by us. The stem’s core can be used to make building materials and hempseeds are nowadays known as a super food which contains complete proteins (all 9 amino acids) with an ideal ratio of good omega fatty acids.
We mainly focus on the bast fiber and use it to make hemp fabrics. This fabric is then used to make our premium hemp textile products. Check out the visual journey of a hemp seed to premium textile product here.
Features of hemp fabrics
Hemp is antibacterial by nature and sports a high UV-resistance. Hemp is also incredibly durable, with 3 times the tensile strength of cotton. This is also why hemp was used for ship ropes by sailors.
Just like linen, hemp is very breathable and thermoregulating, keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter, by trapping an air layer between your skin and the fabric. In addition; like all natural raw materials, hemp is biodegradable. This allows for a zero waste economy when using hemp.
Hemp Fabrics have the following features:
- Strong and durable
- Feels natural and soft
- Absorbs water
- Thermoregulating, warm in the winter
- Breathable, cool in the summer
Hemp products made out of hemp textile
Hemp has been used and valued by people for ages. As previously stated, the fibers were commonly used by sailors for their ship ropes. However also in the far east, in Japan and Korea hemp textile was extensively used by people. Together with silk, hemp was the most important source for clothing fibers, until cotton was introduced in the 17th century by the wealthier classes in Japan.
In the ancient Japanese Shinto-religion, hemp symbolizes purity. All new emperors were tradition bound to wear hemp clothing. As you can see hemp is extremely versatile. At HMPLB we use the fabric to make beautiful living products. With our products we hope we can enrich your house and life with hemp.
Our design philosophy
Hemp is not cotton. Hemp intrinsically has different properties than cotton. We design our products in a way that allows them to optimally use the amazing properties hemp fabrics possess. We don’t see hemp as a replacement for cotton but rather as a valuable addition..