Friday, April 20, 2012

The Benefits of Hemp

As many of you know, I use hemp for many of the products in my shop. I have sewn with it, creating colorful dashikis. I also use it for feather hair clips and headbands, as well as the most popular of my creations, hemp barefoot sandals. I want to share with you some interesting facts and benefits to using this wonderful, yet controversial product.

Batik Hemp Dashiki


In the early times of hemp production, it was a very coarse fiber when raw, which made a good rope, but an itchy and uncomfortable clothing material. Thanks to advances in breeding the plants and the processing of the fibers, we now have a much softer, finer fiber, which is perfect for weaving into clothing, fabrics and rope.

Hemp Barefoot Sandals



Hemp fabrics are all natural organic materials and contain no residual chemicals to affect our health. Hemp fabrics with at least 50% hemp content will block the sun's UV rays more effectively than other fabrics. Hemp fibers are longer, stronger, more absorbent and mildew resistant as compared to cotton. The absorbancy allows the hemp to take dye better, resulting in more vibrant fabrics.
Hemp Feather Hair Clip

Anything that can be made from cotton, can be made from hemp. The long fibers give it a durability and strength that will outlast products made from cotton. I have some hemp blouses that were my mother's from the 70's and you can not see any wear on them what so ever.
Braided Hemp Necklace

Hemp can easily be grown in place of cotton with environmental benefits. It leaves the soil enriched and requires little or no pesticides or herbicides. Hemp grows in a wide range of climates and is frost tolerant. Hemp requires only moderate amounts of water whereas cotton requires large amounts of water. It grows very tall and thick, shading and mulching the ground contributing to a healthy microbial life in the soil.
Hemp Hippie Headband

It takes half as much hemp, to produce the same amount of fiber as cotton. Now that we've explored the reason to wear hemp, what are you waiting for? 

Lavender/Chamomile Sachets made with hemp


All of these products have been created with hemp. You can find them in my Etsy shop, as well as my new online boutique! Pin It

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