Why Hemp ?

Why Hemp Fabrics? Historical Review The physical advantages of hemp fibre are its length, strength, durability, elasticity, and ability to withstand high temperatures without degeneration. Hemp rope has long been praised for its ability to withstand rot, mildew, and insects. It is strong and very elastic and keeps its strength and gets softer as it ages. 70%-90% of all rope, twine, and cordage were made from hemp until 1937 for this very reason. Hemp canvas is resistant to ultraviolet light damage, heat and mildew, and repels insects. The word “canvas” actually derives from the word “cannabis”. Hemp’s long bast fiber can be spun into threads, yarn for rope, twine, cordage, heavy canvas, or knit, or woven into a variety of fine linen-like quality fabrics. Evidence Mildew Hemp’s historical dominance of the shipping industry (sails, rope, rigging) because it was mildew, rot, and light-resistant is evidence enough. Elasticity: Historical and modern research indicates that hemp is very elastic, but not as elastic as flax. No specific studies were found. UV (UltraViolet): Tilley has come out with a new hemp hat. The Tilley hemp fabric has been certified with a UPF 50+, the maximum UV protection rating given. (www.tilley.com) Durability & Strength: Barbara Filippone of EnviroTextiles commissioned all the following tests. These results are for specific fabrics. Fabric strength and durability are not only a result of the fiber, but also...

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