Hemp & humans: an 8-millennia epic

Hemp clothes have a long and illustrious history -- almost as long as the story of human civilization itself. They've been around since at least 8000hempprin.jpg BC, when early human cultures began to cultivate the hemp plant. The fiber was ideally suited to make clothes because of its long, strong texture. Hemp clothes in particular were valued for their softness and extreme durability.

Types of Hemp Fabric

As human culture advanced, technology became available to create many different types of hemp cloth. A variety of different fabrics were created, from heavy canvas that was even used for boat sails, to soft and delicate linens. These fabrics were crafted into a wide range of clothing, from heavy shoes and jackets to elegant shirts and dresses.

Hemp Clothes Gain Popularity

Although hemp clothes have been with us throughout history, they were nearly forgotten in the early 1900s, when hemp products began to be replaced by synthetic fibers like nylon and paper made from trees. However, since interest in sustainable products has increased significantly in the late twentieth century and continues into the twenty-first, the many benefits of hemp clothes are finally being recognized again.

hp-art-4.jpgAdvantages of Hemp Clothes

Hemp clothes are made from sustainable fibers that can be grown easily and ecologically in as few as 120 days. The strength and durability of this material are nearly unsurpassed, and the natural fiber makes a breathable and comfortable choice. Today, however, an increasingly wide variety of hemp fashions are readily available. More than ever before, hemp clothes can be beautiful and stylish as well as practical.

See our selection of hemp clothing: tops and blouses, skirts and pants.