Hemp was the first plant known to have been domestically cultivated. For thousands of years, humans have used various parts of the hemp plant for food, textiles, paints, paper, fabric and fuel oil. The oldest relic of human history is a piece of hemp fabric dated to 8,000 BC from ancient Mesopotamia. Even today, of all the sustainable sources for consumer products, hemp is uniquely suited to provide the widest variety of life's necessities and comforts and goes to the core of authentic lifestyle, ecofashion and slowfashion. Beyond all its qualities relating to sustainable style and design, we have opted to work with hemp for the beautiful and fine fabric it is used to make. Hemp can be grown organically in poor soil and is naturally drought, pest, and disease resistant, eliminating the need for synthetic chemicals and reducing the demand on dwindling water supplies. It is a renewable and sustainable crop that is ready for harvest just 120 days after going to seed, so it grows quickly, requires little weeding, and thrives in most climates. Hemp's soil nutrients concentrate in the plant's roots and leaves. After harvest, the roots remain and the leaves are returned to the fields. In this way, not only soil nutrients are preserved, but hemp actually leaves the soil in better condition than before it was planted. Hemp not only results in beautifully crafted homewares but it is a beneficial crop for the Earth itself.
HEMP DOESN’T WEAR OUT, IT WEARS IN!
From early times to present, hemp has been used to make a variety of natural fabrics, similar to but stronger, more durable, warmer and more absorbent than cotton and flax. Until the 19th century, up to 80% of all textiles and fabrics for clothes, sacks, cordage, cart covers, kitchen and bed linens, basically all the vintage textiles that were traditionally used in everyday life were made principally from hemp. Our ancestors knew very well that hemp fabric is particularly elastic, will keep its strength and get softer as it ages. Although there are various materials that are used in making baby and kids clothing, towels, blankets and accessories, for those of us who have become more receptive of ecofriendly products, sustainable style and design, hemp has proved to be an optimal choice. As they say: ‘Hemp doesn’t wear out, it wears in!’