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Properties of Hemp Fabric

STRONG & DURABLE

The bast fiber surrounding the hemp stalks provides us with one of nature's strongest fibers. Hemp fibers have a higher tensile strength than cotton, creating sturdy fabrics. When hemp is blended with other fibers, it adds its strength and unique properties to the mix. Greater strength provides durability. Fabrics made from hemp are capable of withstanding greater wear and tear. This is good from a sustainable standpoint because purchasing long-lasting clothes can offer customers, and the planet, better solutions.


STAYS TIGHT

Hemp fabrics won't stretch out, withstanding greater pressure and tension compared to cotton. This is excellent for upholstery or other uses requiring fabric to be held tightly.


SOFTENS WITH USE

Hemp doesn't wear out, it wears in! Hemp softens with every wash, which means the more you wear it, the softer it will feel. Hemp easily launders and can be considered machine washable linen.


RESISTANT TO UV LIGHT

Hemp fabric effectively blocks uv rays, protecting your body from over exposure. This makes hemp highly suitable for outdoor apparel. Clothing made from hemp will not fade or disintegrate from sunlight as quickly as other natural fibers.


POROUS FIBER

When examined under a microscope the hemp fibers are viewed as hollow hexagonal tubes. This unique shape provides hemp with its distinctive properties, making it useful for a variety of applications.

Breathable

The porous nature of the hemp fiber allows air to circulate freely. At the same time providing an insulating layer, keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter.

Anti-Microbial

The hollowness of the fiber allows for the circulation of oxygen, hindering the growth of anaerobic bacteria present in perspiration. Therefore hemp fabrics have less of an odor when you sweat.

Absorbent

Hemp's porosity provides the fabrics with great absorbency. This is ideal for towels and sportswear as it will naturally draw moisture away from the skin, keeping you feeling dry.

Vibrant Colors

Being a hollow fiber, hemp naturally has more surface area for dye molecules to bind. This characteristic allows hemp fabric to attain vibrant colors which are less likely to fade.

ALL NATURAL & BIODEGRADABLE

Hemp is derived from the Cannabis plant, which is a naturally grown plant.

At the end of their life, products made from hemp return to the earth. Cellulose fibers typically decay within weeks or months, providing nutrients back to the soil. Therefore hemp will not contribute to the global waste crisis, making it a sustainable choice for textiles.