Fibre Briefing: Hemp

Used in textiles since at least Roman times, hemp derives from the fibres of the cannabis plant. It is grown from a different – although very similar-looking – cultivar to the plant that produces the well-known narcotic. Modern techniques can now produce hemp fibre and yarn that are soft and strong, and that dye well. The long fibres can be woven or knitted, and blend well with other fibres. Cotton–hemp blends produce a soft, elastic fabric, while silk blends have a smooth, drapey quality.


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