At Stitched, we don’t have favourites. We naturally think that all our fabrics are special and perfect for your home. But our hemp range, available in a kaleidoscope of colours, is very special indeed and in case you’re unfamiliar with this particular fabric, here are four reasons to get to know it better…
Hemp fabric is made using the fibres from the stalks of the cannabis sativa plant; a plant that has been recognised for thousands of years as having extraordinary durability and strength. Historically, its strength made hemp the perfect fabric for sails, ropes and sailors’ uniforms in the British and American navies and it’s still the go-to fibre for sails today.
Our hemp fabric is actually a blend of 60% wool and 40% hemp which means it benefits from the inherent properties of both fibres. The hemp gives it a natural and tactile handfeel whilst the wool softens the blend and ensures it drapes beautifully.
Hemp is widely considered to be the most environmentally friendly fibre for a number of reasons. It’s naturally resistant to pests and requires little water to grow. It ages well and the more it’s handled, the softer it becomes. Plus, it’s hypoallergenic and non-irritating to the skin.
Hemp has the ability to regenerate the soil and it has so many applications across a variety of industries that it’s considered to have infinite potential. And if that wasn’t enough it’s biodegradable.
Unlike, some fabrics that lend themselves to certain seasons, hemp is perfect whatever the weather. In the height of summer, hemp’s ability to breathe well and absorb UV rays make it a great choice. In a south-facing room, hemp curtains and blinds will stay looking vibrant for longer as the fibres are resistant to being worn away by the sun.
By contrast, the wool in our hemp is an inherently good insulator, due to a natural crimp that forms millions of air pockets to trap air. This creates a thermal barrier so hemp curtains and blinds are perfect for drafty rooms or simply to make a home feel more cosy.
Hemp is naturally resistant to bacteria, mould and fungi, making it well suited to bathrooms or other areas where there’s a lot of moisture. It does not absorb water due to the way the fibres are spun and instead tries to reflect the water, like water on a leaf. Wool on the other hand readily absorbs moisture with an ability to absorb almost one third of its weight without feeling wet.
So, have we convinced you to consider hemp? Visit our website to explore our range and order some free samples to experience this beautiful fabric first hand.