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

4 responses to “Hemp Textile Questions?

  1. We are processors of hemp fiber composite products and have significant interests in India as well. We would like to talk to you about common interests. Contact Wally Empson wally.empson@avantipolymers.com Avanti Polymers http://avantipolymers.com/

  2. We are always looking for raw hemp sources.Yitzac Goldstein, Hemptex, Member of the GreenChina Textile Group

  3. We are a company which has developed a new way of processing hemp. We are based in Australia. This is our website: http://www.fibrelabgroup.com. We can process hemp into a cotton staple that can spin in standard cotton systems. We can blend it with cotton. We are keen to blend it with organic cotton. Several people have asked us to look at setting up in India. What is the legal situation about growing hemp in India? Best Regards, Adrian Francis K. Clarke, Managing Director, Fibre Laboratory (Europe) Limited

  4. http://www.hempforvictory.blogspot.com will give you information on a number of issues, and you can go straight to the key word search to look for what you want. India has been a source of hemp for years; the most famous work on industrial hemp in India was written in 1804 (2nd ed. 1808) by Robert Wissett.
    As to sourcing it, someone I know just got hold of seed which he planted in Kenya, but he is stil working on getting a regular supply. Presently he and other African farmers are talking to EcoFibres of Australia. There are some Russian/Ukranian seed banks as well.
    Many textile fabrics are made from hemp, presently such companies as Minawear produce shirts, jeans, hats, aprons, you name it. The fibers can be used for paper and insulation as well, with the inner hurds going to a number of items from animal bedding to paper making. Both the outer layer (about 25%) and the inner layer (75%, known as hurd) contain cellulose, the outer layer containing about 75%. There are also pectins and lignins which must be separated in order to make fiber or paper. This if often done in water, sometimes heated, and sometimes with the addition of acids, alkalines, lye or soap.
    As the textile industry for hemp needs to be fine-tuned in some areas, you may wish to start with using it for paper. Fine papers, such as cigarette paper, use hemp; here in the UK, Robert Fletcher buys loads of hemp from UK farmers which he makes into cigarette paper. There is a ready market.
    Of course, there is more money in textile production, thus there are lots of researchers working on improving the separation process. Currently BioRegional is working with Leeds University (UK) to identify pectins in hemp and create enzymes to remove them. I hope to post some of their information on the http://www.hempforvictory.blogspot.com site when that becomes available. My book (with co-authors Nick Mackintosh, Cindy Mackintosh,. Paul Benhaim, Mina Hegaard, Sam Heslop and a foreword by Woody Harrelson) Hemp for Victory: History and Qualities of the World’s Most Useful Plant was published recently and it contains much information on farming and processing.
    Please feel free to get in touch with me and we can talk further. Regards, Kenyon Gibson

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