Hemp

Hemp has been used to make fabric for thousands of years. It’s one of the most sustainable fibres in the world, and an excellent alternative to linen. We’ve been using hemp in our collections since 1995.

The Facts

Uses four times less water than non-organic cotton

60-70% of nutrients are returned to the soil

The plant matures extremely fast; in up to 120 days

One hectare can absorb a huge amount of CO2 – around 15 tonnes to be exact

How it's made

Hemp plants grow

Harvested and Stripped

Core are removed

Fibers are softened

Woven into fabric

  1. Hemp plants mature in just 80-120 days, reaching heights of up to 15 feet with little or no fertiliser needed. They have a clever, deep-root system. This helps prevent soil erosion, removes toxins, and aerates the soil to the benefit of future crops.
  2. Once mature, the plant is cut and goes through ‘retting’. This is a process of decay, where the outer layer is removed, exposing the long, inner ‘bast’ fibres. These fibres are what make up the textile material used to make hemp clothing.
  3. The woody cores are then removed through decortication.
  4. The hard, scratchy biopolymer called ‘lignin’ is removed, resulting in a far softer, smoother yarn.
  5. Lastly, the yarn is spun similarly to other natural fibres; the bast fibres get twisted together to form long threads. These are then spun and woven into a fine, linen-like fabric.

13% OF OUR 2020 COLLECTION IS HEMP

Why we love it

For its naturally quick and easy cultivation. As a natural fibre, it’s breathable and absorbent. It takes colour very well, making it perfect to use for our printed pieces. It’s soft and long lasting – and with time it gets softer still.

We use hemp throughout our collections. Its adaptability means it’s easy to blend with other fibres to create different fabric weights – for warmer or cooler clothing.