Dyed Hemp Top
Hemp fabrics are soft and comfortable. They will keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter, as this fiber can absorb body humidity and disperse heat. It can absorb up to 955 of infrared and UV rays.
This fiber is 3x stronger than cotton and out of all the natural fibers, such as wool, it is the most wear-resistant. Hemp can be considered a live fiber, because an article of clothing left to air for one night can recover its tone and softness.
In addition to these features, we would like to stress that compared to other fibers, hemp has several advantages also when it comes to its environmental impact. It can be grown without any pesticides or herbicides.
This stuff is the bee’s knees! I approached it with no expectations at all, my previous experience with bast fibers being "eh; I’m not so crazy about it;” it having been difficult to spin evenly and really not a lot of fun. That was years ago with someone else’s fibers; this stuff though is GREAT! I started with a good color, admittedly, and that always helps a lot; it’s a new-copper-penny color we call just "Rust” and it glows. It drafts easily and spins up finely and is of course quite strong; I am already planning to use it for a run of dishtowels which will see heavy rotation in my kitchen.
If you want to spin something different and fun, this hemp sliver comes in a huge range of colors and is not expensive; it’s a great introduction to the world of fibers that exists outside of wool and cotton, and will be useful in a large range of products. I could see this being my new favorite shirt when I get done with it.
-Nancy Reid (Weaving/Spinning Instructor)
8 oz bags.