With responsible fashion finally making its way into discussions of the future of the planet, it is high time we consider Hemp Fabric as a suitable fabric option.
The point where ethics and aesthetics meet is the point where sustainable fashion takes birth. And at this point, you are sure to find a fabric which is aesthetically soothing and ethically correct – Hemp.
The sober cousin:
Reaped from the byproducts of the cannabis sativa variety of plants, Hemp has been cultivated and used for thousands of years now on each habitable continent of the planet. While, cannabis is famous for some very different reasons among the masses, Hemp is just a sober cousin to it. So the only high you will get out of wearing a hemp garment is the moral high ground of actually making an effort for the planet we live on.
While cannabis is talked about, the first thought comes to people’s minds is probably not that constructive. However, expanding the horizons for uses of cannabis in the form of Hemp fabric, the possibilities are vast and innovative. With a wide range of applications in textiles, many variations are already in existence and on the rise. With unimaginable possibilities like hemp silk, hemp canvas and hemp linen are already shining hemp’s tarnished reputation as an ideal fabric.
With all the environmental awakening, it has become absolutely necessary that responsible clothing is brought in attention of the masses. Hemp could be an answer to the ultimate fabric which can replace cotton in its ability to be mass produced.
Hemp v/s cotton:
Comparing hemp and cotton, hemp is the undisputed winner in all areas from aesthetics to durability to comfort. Moreover, it only takes half the amount of water required to cultivate the same amount of cotton, considerably lesser pesticides and can be styled even without the use of artificial dyes.
Individually as well, the hemp fabric provides outstanding breathability, it releases perspiration at very quick rates and gets more soft and comfortable, the more it is washed. It also possesses naturally ingrained anti-microbial properties, thus making it a healthier choice unarguably. It also is a very competitive species and hence outgrows any unnecessary species of plants, thus making the use of external herbicides redundant.
The way towards sustainable fashion:
Hemp fabric has been closely associated with baggy-clothes, giving the bearer a hippy-like shabby look. However, with the rise in the awareness and proper uses of hemp, more and more designers have come forward to make Hemp cool again. With the support of top fashion labels, Hemp is on the rise again.
With all the polluting and defiling practices of man towards the environment, the need to go closer to nature is more evident now than ever. The rusty yet natural look that Hemp can give is second to none. Another major factor which has shaped the future of Hemp in fashion is its affordability.
And over any of the points above, Hemp is now becoming a symbol of the battle against the malpractices of industrialization of textiles. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “There is no beauty in the finest of clothing if it makes hunger and unhappiness.” Just like the suppressed common man is fighting the shackles of capitalism, in the same way, Hemp symbolizes the battle of the suppressed concept of sustainable fashion against the environmentally and economically oppressive fast fashion.
Many of the top fast fashion brands have now realized their responsibility towards the environment. Thus, they are making an effort via the means of bringing Hemp back in fashion. And as global citizens of the modern world, we too should realize the part we have to play in making this Earth a better place to live.
As long as we fulfill our duties and support sustainable fashion with all we have, it is safe to say that the future of Hemp would always be filled with vibrant colors and never dull.
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