Historically hemp was predominantly used as an industrial fibre due to its strength for sails, rope and paper.
Until development in the 1980’s made it possible to remove lignin from the hemp fibre without compromising its strength, hemp’s use for clothing and other non-industry uses wasn’t possible as it was too course for comfort.
Now there’s increasing interest from consumers as its superior strength and ability to wear-in and not wear out is second to none.
Hemp is anti-microbial, UV resistant, naturally mould, mildew and rot resistant and breathable.
Processing hemp for fibre here in Australia is still in its infancy but with changing consumer attitudes and an interest in ethical clothing and how they’re made – there’s a niche here that is open for business.