Hemp is a natural, plant based material. It is one of the oldest fibers found by archeologists and was used to make clothing, ropes, paper and shelters. Next to that, it was a widely used medicine in Asia and Africa. Today it is known for its hallucinative characteristics and has been illegal in most countries since the 1930s.

However, there is a comeback of hemp clothing. Brands such as Patagonia, are reintroducing hemp clothing in their collection. Hemp is one of the strongest and most breathable materials. Therefore, perfect for outdoor activities but also for regular clothing that is supposed to last a longer time.

“Hemp seeds were harder to find than I anticipated”

21 June 2020

After the linen and cotton experiment, I wanted to continue the research of growing materials at home by adding hemp to the process. But hemp seeds were harder to find than I anticipated. Fortunately, Blue City started a campaign with Hempje, LoopedGoods and Hempowerment. By doing so they want to join forces to spread the local production of hemp in the fashion industry.

When hearing about my project, Nienke van Binnedijk from BlueCityLab, gave me two hemp seeds to grow at home. The plants from these seeds are not suitable for other purposes than harvesting it for fiber. The official name of this kind of hemp is Cannabis Sativa Linneaus, Fedora 17.

29 May 2020
2 July 2020

In less than 4 months the hemp was ready to be harvested. The plants grew up to be 2.10 meters at the end and had multiple flowers on them.

Because of this the fibers inside the plant are also longer therefore easy to be turned into fabrics during the spinning.

Hemp was the easiest fiber to grow during the research. It needed the least attention and grew the fastest. It is a thirty plant however, therefore it needed at least 1 liter of water a day. That gives me a good indication how much water a hemp plantations would need and how fast we could benefit from the plant.
25 September 2020