A Light on the Future of Hemp Textile in India

Hemp Textile in India

The history of hemp belongs dates back to Neolithic age that is around 5000 years old. The fossils of hemp are found in Indus valley civilization, Egyptian civilizations, and many more. The Industrial hemp is not a new discovery at all. Hemp plant was one of the first plants that were domesticated by mankind. Its domestication was of extreme help for mankind since it can be used for multiples purposes such as for food, beverages, medicine, fiber, and so on.

European explorer made the full use of hemp rope during sailing. You may not know two interesting facts about hemp paper and hemp cloth that America’s independence declaration was drafted on hemp paper second; the first flag of USA was designed on hemp cloth. But during the industrial revolution, cotton outshined hemp cloth and ousted hemp cloth from textile market.

Global warming is an anthropogenic phenomenon so controlling it in part depends on human activity. Hemp plant is carbon negative crop and takes carbon dioxide from the air. So by replacing cotton cloth in wardrobe with hemp cloth you can make a small contribution in the fight against global warming. Sustainable development is one major factor that is helping humanity in this cause.

Hemp is a sustainable crop since it takes fewer amounts of water and land to grow in comparison to cotton. It can be easily blended with different fiber and does not spoil the nutrients of soil. Rather, hemp gives back its 60-70% nutrients into the soil. The nature of hemp plant is biodegradable and can be mixed in a short span of time into the soil. But the biggest irony is, hemp is not as famous as cotton.

Future of Hemp Textile

Hemp is riddled with nutrients which are useful for both the users and the environment, but it is still not as useful and prominent as cotton. In the early eighties, the texture of the hemp clothing was not as smooth as cotton one. Therefore, it could not be used for making apparel. But the revolution in hemp clothing was brought by Chinese scientist by removing lignin from hemp fibers without the loss of strength. Thereafter, the softness has been developed into it which is why it can be used to make anything out of it like linen and cotton.

Pores in hemp make it possible for cloth to retain color and also makes it breathable. Hemp clothing is more durable than cotton and linen moreover it does not lose its shapes. The consumers who have skin allergy and are in search of suitable cotton substitute, hemp clothing is one of the most appropriate options. Because of its anti-bacterial properties that can prevent ultraviolet rays from hurting your skin. By way of using hemp clothing, you are adding years to the life of earth.

Hemp has overshadowed cotton and linen cloth. Hemp cloth looks similar to linen cloth and gives hand feel of cotton. The best part of hemp cloth is this it gets smoother with every wash. In addition to, it has strongest natural fiber. In this present scenario, the consumers have to be conscious while selecting the apparels which should be environment friendly. If it gets successful to replace at least 15% of your traditional apparel of your wardrobe with hemp apparel, it would make a great difference in upcoming years. The pollution level will be decreased. The future of hemp clothing is in the hand of the young generation.

The future of hemp clothing in India is going to be bright because the young generation is taking hemp cloth with a great care and understand its importance for the environment. As we know, hemp cloth is bio-degradable that 70 % of its nutrients return back to soil.