Hemp vs. Latvia
It’s a true fact of innovation and collaboration featuring two immigrants who realized the American dream: Levi Strauss and the lesser-known Jacob Davis, a tailor from Reno, Nevada. The original Levi Strauss jeans were made from hemp. Jacob Davis shared his idea with Levi Strauss and asked him to be a patent partner, and help with manufacturing these innovative pants on large scale. Jacob William Davis was born in Riga, Latvia in 1831; immigrated to the U.S. in 1854.
Hemp is durable
Hemp is one of the most durable fibers on the planet. Hemp fiber also has incredible tensile strength. Compared to cotton denim, 100% hemp fabric had 62% greater tear strength and 102% greater tensile strength. In tensile strength tests, the hemp warp endured 120 kg load while the cotton could take only 93 kg, and the hemp filling endured 80 kg load while the cotton fill only 45 kg.
Since it is also extremely durable, clothing made with hemp lasts longer, and will not show signs of wear and tear as easily.
Hemp provides warmth in winter and helps to keep you cool in summer
Fabric provides warmth in winter and helps to keep you cool in summer.
Hemp can produce 250% more fiber than cotton and 600% more fiber than flax using the same area of land.
Hemp light reflective qualities are enhanced by washing
Its inherent luster and light reflective qualities are enhanced by washing; it becomes finer and more luxurious with use.
Hemp releases stains more easily than other fabrics
Hemp also possesses excellent soil-release properties because it sheds a microscopic layer each time it is laundered. This eliminates soiling and exposes a fresh surface. In effect, this means that hemp retains its sleek sheen every time it is washed, that it never dulls, and that it releases stains more easily than other fabrics.
Hemp is breathable and quick drying
Hemp’s superior absorbency, due to its porous nature, means that it is very breathable and quick drying. Hemp can absorb up to 20% its own weight while still feeling dry to the touch (vs. polyester, which can absorb a maximum of 6%). This is important in the case of any fabric that is in contact with human skin, such as sheets, as perspiration is rapidly absorbed. It feels cooler in summer yet during cool weather, air which is trapped in the fibers is warmed by the body, making it naturally warm.
Hemp is highly resistant to rotting, mildew, mold and salt water. The majority of all twine, rope, ship’s sails, rigging and nets up to the late 19th century were made from hemp.
Hemp retains color
Hemp’s absorbency allows it to accept dyes readily and retain color better than other natural fibers, including cotton.
Hemp is highly resistant to ultraviolet light, so it won’t fade or disintegrate in sunlight. It will not fade or disintegrate from sunlight as quickly as other natural fibers. UV damage is especially a problem for draperies and marine interiors, so hemp would be a good natural fiber choice for these applications.