Category Archives: Textiles

Hemp in Tuscany

Margaret Baravalle, founder of Assocanapa and Felice Giraudo, historic president, explain how important it is to revive Tuscany’s long tradition of industrial hemp cultivation and the Italian variety called “Carmagnola.”

Since the sixteenth century, Italian hemp was considered the best in the world and the most valuable seed was the” Carmagnola,” which was grown in the Turin area. The shipbuilding industry relied heavily on hemp. Hemp was also used in the military as a versatile and durable material.

In the twentieth century, hemp production almost disappeared around the world.  But Italy maintained its commitment to hemp. Carmagnola was produced for seed and Caserta was grown mainly for fiber. Since 1990 Italy has managed to change the law for the cultivation of hemp and the market is reopening. Important germplasm has been preserved for the “Carmagnola”, the “CS” and “Fibranova.” Hemp is being used today in the textile industry, in the pharmaceutical industry, in the food sector (oil, flour, etc..), and in the construction sector. 

For more information (in Italian), please visit:  http://www.toscanapa.com

Hemp for Soft Furnishings

I am a designer of soft furnishings and have been using antique hemp sheets to make my products from. I need a supplier of hemp fabric which closely resembles the antique hemp that I use. I mainly use  French antique hemp sheets to make curtains and accessories but I am finding less time to go out searching for good quality antique sheets around the antique markets in France where I live.  I would like to find a manufacturer of hemp fabric that mirrors as closely as possible to the colour and texture of antique hemp, preferably hand-made on old looms. Many thanks, Lynette Clarke, Confolens, France.

Hemp for Knitting?

Where I could buy hemp yarn for knitting sweaters and other types of clothing. See, I can knit, and would like to knit myself some hemp clothing because to buy hemp clothing as it is, is way too expensive. Could you tell me anywhere I could purchase it in Calgary, Alberta, Canada or maybe order it online somewhere. I know lots of places to find twine and rope but what I want is hemp that is used to make clothing. Thank you very much, I looking forward to your answer.

#4. www.Hemp-Sisters.com has a large selection of hemp and wool yarn, ideal for knitting. Everything Hemp – Clothing, Hats, Bags, Bath, Food and Twine – Come Explore – Over 1,000 – Wholesale and Retail. Binghamton, NY, e-mail: info@hemp-sisters.com


#3
. You can purchase hemp string and yarn at: http://www.kentuckyhemp.com/orders/twine.html


#2
. You can buy hemp yarn or twine at: http://www.americanhemp.com

#1. You can purchase these items at: http://www.kenderfono.com

Hemp Textile Questions?

I’m from India. I would like to know about hemp, like how to grow it and where can I source it. As I am from textile field, I would like to know the various textiles products manufactured from it and also the process involved in production. I would be happy at least if you suggest a suitable Web site to know about all the above. Thanking you, Madhan Srinivasan

Hemp Canvas Needed

#1. Can you tell me where I might be able to get Hemp canvas in the UK, of a suitable quality for use in tentage, around the 12oz mark? Thanks, Alan Wenham, Albion Canvas Co., Devon, UK

#2. I really need a wholesaler of Hemp Canvas in the UK, preferably on a roll. Looking for over 1000 metres tough fabric.

#3. Can you tell me who sells dyed hemp canvas (14 oz or heavier) in the U.S.? I’m in search of a navy blue and olive hemp fabric for use in the manufacturing of a bag.


Opening Industrial Hemp Market in Portugal

I am a Portuguese entrepreneur, living in Lisbon, willing to invest in the wholesale and/or retail of hemp products in Europe, namely in Portugal. I also defend the values of the legalization cause and one of the best ways to promote it, I think, is to make hemp clothing and related industrial hemp products readily available to and accessible by, the greatest number of consumers. Here, in Portugal, we are a bit delayed. I wonder if you can help me finding hemp products suppliers that want to expand their activities to Europe in the form of franchises and support me with future contacts.