Handwoven Hemp-Cotton Yardage


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Sold in one yard increments. The fabric is 14-16 inches wide.

Hemp is considered the ancient “new” wonder fiber and this is a huge win to create a more sustainable fiber source. Hemp is considered among the first agricultural crops as traces of it have been found and dated to 8000 BCE in China and Taiwan. The plant uses minimal water, is pest-resistant, and fast-growing. It is a nitrogen-fixing plant with a deep tap root that helps enrich and condition the soil. At harvest time, hemp stalks are cut, bundled and dried. The tough outer cortex is removed through a natural process called retting to break down the outside of the stalk. Finally, the fine inner fibers are collected, scoured, washed and sun bleached, and then spun into yarn.

Hemp possesses great strength, softness and durability while its weight and drape are similar to linen and the fabric softens with age and use. Of course, it dyes beautifully. Our handwoven hemp-cotton yardage is handwoven in rural Romanian villages from locally grown, processed and spun hemp. This fabric is vintage, woven between 50 and 80 years ago and may show the its age. The fabric may contain storage and dye or soil marks, weaving irregularities, minor abrasion or holes and other indicators of a handwoven rurally made textile. Weaving patterns and fiber content will vary from roll to roll of the fabric.

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Learn more about the history of hemp:

“Hemp is among the oldest industries on the planet, going back more than 10,000 years to the beginnings of pottery. The Columbia History of the World states that the oldest relic of human industry is a bit of hemp fabric dating back to approximately 8,000 BC.

Presidents Washington and Jefferson both grew hemp. Americans were legally bound to grow hemp during the Colonial Era and Early Republic. It was such an integral part of America that you could, for more than 150 years, pay taxes with hemp.

In 1937, Congress passed the Marihuana Tax Act which effectively began the era of hemp prohibition. The tax and licensing regulations of the act made hemp cultivation difficult for American farmers. The chief promoter of the Tax Act, Harry Anslinger, began promoting anti-marijuana legislation around the world.

Then came World War II. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor shut off foreign supplies of jute fiber (called colloquially “Manila hemp”) from the Philippines. The USDA produced a film called “Hemp For Victory” to encourage U.S. farmers to grow hemp for the war effort. The U.S. government formed the War Hemp Industries Department and subsidized hemp cultivation. During the war, U.S. farmers grew about a million acres of hemp across the Midwest as part of that program.

After the war ended, the government quietly shut down all the hemp processing plants and the industry faded away again.”

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Weight 150 g
Dimensions 8 × 8 × 1 in


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