Hemp is a bast (stem) fibre from a very tall plant, essentially a strain of marijuana developed for fibre instead of other uses. Spun in a manner much like flax, the two also share the attribute of being harsh at first and just getting better and better over time with wear and laundering. It can be spun all by itself or blended with wool and other fibres.

Since this is a plant or cellulose fibre dyers must use fibre reactive dyes. Natural dyers must resort to techniques used on cotton, such as alum-tannin premordanting, or Aluminum acetate. We assume hemp strikes just fine in an indigo vat.

Please excuse our current bad photos. Hemp has a lot of sheen and light reflection which means capturing the true colour is trickly. The dyed ones are all good solid colours, not mottled like the photos might make you think.

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