Hemp


Hemp is a vegetable fibre which is extracted from the stem of the plant; mainly it grows in mild climates but can be grown in any soil.

 

Its cultivation does not need pesticides and fertilizers and does not deplete the soil, has a high yield and there is no waste from its production: so it is less polluting than the linen or cotton.

 

As for the bamboo, the higher quality fibre is the long one, extracted from the plant bundles subjected to soaking in water and drying. With the shorter plants, however, bales are created: them are left to dry and the fibres are subsequently chemically extracted  obtaining a low-quality production.

 

 

 

Like the bamboo and linen, also hemp fibre is hollow, and so the resulting fabric is both warm in winter and cool in summer, also absorbs moisture very well. Few people know that hemp provides a natural UVA filter and the textile is hypoallergenic, resistant to mold, fungi and moths.
The fabric is very resistant to wear and to the power, up to three times more than cotton, it is also resistant to heat and to sun exposure.

 

The fibre color can vary according to the crop field and the plant time of exposure at the sun after being cut: depending on the cultivation and the crop, the yarn may appear more like a shade of brown or grey.

 

 

Curiosity: until the ’60 years hemp was cultivated in Italy but, being part of Cannabinacee and not easy to distinguish from the species cultivated to drugs, it was eliminated by prohibition. After a stop of a few decades, its cultivation was reintroduced officially in 1998 through the use of seeds registered in the European Union. Its production is therefore very controlled.

 

 

 


WASHING INSTRUCTION FOR HEMP CARRIERS

 

The baby carriers containing the hemp fibre can be washed in a washing machine at 40 °C, it can be put in the dryer with a light cycle and can be ironed (preferably when it is still wet).