Following on from my earlier post about fabric, I have taken a huge leap and bought a large quantity of Romanian hemp fabric direct from the producer. It arrived this week. Grown and woven in Europe, hemp uses far less water to grow and has a lesser impact on the workers than cotton – even organic cotton. While I’m not dismissing the use of organic cotton out of hand I am going to see how far I can get with hemp. It is prepared in much the same way as linen (flax) or ramie (nettles).
The Romanian company retains the classic mechanical processing techniques, and maintain every stage of the manufacturing process as healthy as possible both to the individual and to the environment. The hemp is grown organically and the natural coloured fabrics are processed without chemicals.
The fabric itself is lovely – natural coloured, white (bleached) and black (fiber reactive dyes, but containing no heavy metals or other known toxic substances, and they “meet all European Union criteria for being eco-friendly”).
I can’t wait to put it to the test!