Hemp linen fabric is woven from the fibres of the hemp plant, a highly sustainable crop that also creates many byproducts we are familiar with like hemp seed oil and hemp seeds. The hemp fibres are used to create yarn which is then woven into fabric. Hemp crops are naturally very resilient and use far less water and pesticides than other crops such as the cotton plant.
To get the best quality hemp fibres, it's important that it is grown in colder climates due to the ideal weather. Australia and New Zealand are considered to have the highest quality hemp plants, although there is also hemp grown in other countries such as India, China and other countries in South East Asia.
The hemp is dyed and woven into fabric meterage for making products. For ‘natural’ coloured linen and fabrics, the yarn is left un-dyed. The yarn used for coloured hemp linens and fabrics can be dyed at this point and colours and textures are added at this point. To create the stunning white and snow colours in our range, we use a method of whitening with hydrogen peroxide which is not harmful to the skin.
THE DRIVERS OF HIGH QUALITY HEMP LINEN.
For a premium final result there are many factors at play in the production of hemp linen. It all starts with the best quality hemp selected each season. The following list summarises the elements that contribute to the overall product quality.
1. The source of the hemp.
2. The quality of the weaving.
3. The dyeing process whether yarn dyed or garment dyed, and
4. The sewing and detailing of the finished products.
BENEFITS OF HEMP LINEN
Aside from the environmental benefits that the production of hemp linen supports, there are many benefits to using hemp linen in the home to sleep on. Hemp linen is very comfortable in warm climates: it is naturally highly absorbent, meaning it can absorb a high percentage of its own weight in water without feeling wet. It is also highly breathable given the hollow core of the and will be temperate to sleep in, for both hot and cool sleepers.
Hemp linen is also considered to be a very long lasting fabric, although the length of its life will depend on a number of factors like the weight of the linen and also the way it is used and cared for.
A great choice for those conscious of the environmental impact of their purchases, most pure hemp linen bedding is simply designed so won’t date, can be used for years, and also is produced much more efficiently than other fabrics such as cotton, with very little water and pesticides.