Making Sustainable Fashion Better With Hemp

Even as the world is changing at a fast pace, there is a desire to slow things down.
Fast fashion may have fulfilled every college-goer or a millennial’s dream of dressing
up in looks fresh off the runway at marginally low costs, but there was a higher cost
involved- that of the health of our planet.

But all isn’t lost. The fashion industry might be one of the most polluting ones in the
world, but there are companies, people and NGO’s cropping up around the world to
combat this problem of Fast Fashion that has been one of the biggest contributors to climate change. One such brand that is creating an impact is a textile brand called Hemp Fabric Lab.

Born out of the desire to provide sustainable options to designers without any hassle
of minimum order quantities, Hemp Fabric Lab is carving a niche for itself in the
textile market space in India by catering to the demands of small as well as big
buyers by providing some of the widest selection of knitted, woven, and handloom
Hemp fabrics.

AN ECO-AGE FABRIC STORE

Hemp Fabric Lab is for everyone who wants to create something beautiful and yet be sustainable. Whether you’re onto your next fashion collection as a designer or you’re working on a social experiment, we’ve got you covered.

Our fabrics can be used to design clothing, accessories, home décor items,
sportswear, lingerie or absolutely anything at all. If you’re unsure about the fabrics
you want, an ideal way to begin is by ordering our Master Swatch Book to take a
closer look, and touch and feel the fabrics first.

 

Hemp fabrics come in three varieties:

  • KNITS: Lightweight stretchy fabrics meant for designing t-shirts, sportswear, home décor. They come in blends of organic cotton, bamboo, and recycled polyester.
  • WOVEN: Made on a power loom, these fabrics come in varying thicknesses that can be used across clothing, accessories, and home décor. They come in blends of organic cotton, Tencel, yak hair, wool, and silk.
  • HANDLOOM: Spun tirelessly by hand, every handloom fabric is unique and can be used in the most interesting ways in clothing, accessories and home décor.
    They come in blends of organic cotton, nettle, and wool.

HEMP IS A DREAM FABRIC FOR SUSTAINABLE DESIGNERS

Hemp is actually one of the oldest textiles in existence, dating back to almost 10,000
years. But since it disappeared for a couple of years in between, people are now
trying to understand it all over again. History is definitely repeating itself- this time for
the better.

The world may have unfairly banned Hemp for looking like Marijuana, but the humble
plant remains selfless as ever. It uses far less water than cotton to grow and yet it
gives you a similar warmth and familiarity on being used as a garment.

What worked for Hemp, has worked for thousands of years for mankind- its strength
and also its ability to retain its shape, that helps the fabric look new for a very long
time. Like fine wine, the more you use it, the softer it gets. You’ve heard about
fabrics wearing out, but this one wears in!

Hemp is also naturally resistant to mould and ultraviolet light.Its porous nature allows
it in being more absorbent, which means it’s perfect for tropical climates. Not only
that, the fabric is also thermoregulating which means that it‘ll keep you warm in
winters and cool in summers.

We can continue talking about Hemp because there is so much to discover about
this crop and with our resources dwindling at the speed of light, Hemp can really be
the game changer for sustainable fabrics and therefore, sustainable fashion. In a
world of synthetic fabrics, Hemp seems to provide the answer to a question that is
now being repeatedly asked- How do we become more sustainable in our choices?

TIME TO START DESIGNING RESPONSIBLY

What goes around comes around, and that is what Hemp Fabric Labtruly believes in. Often overlooked in the process of designing is the amount of damage we cause to our immediate environment. The demands of fashion are such that a designer needs to keep reinventing themselves, but at what cost really?

Hemp Fabric Lab is going to be a gamechanger in the sustainable textile space
because it is a fabric maker that truly cares about the impact that the fashion industry is having on the environment, and wants to do something about it.

Not only does the brand sell fabrics, it also actively engages with designers,
students, and design institutes educating them about the benefits of Hemp. In fact
their approach is that of being an educator first and a business afterwards.

Currently, HFL’s fibers, yarns, and fabrics are being procured from India as well as
from countries across East Europe, and South East Asia to meet with the market
demands. The long-term goal however, is to bring large-scale production to India,
where there is complete traceability of the fabric right from the time the seed is
planted.

HOW TO BUY HEMP FABRICS

Simply put, we make hemp fabric, hemp yarns, and hemp fibers and get them to
your doorstep as that is how easily accessible we want Industrial Hemp to be. Hemp
Fabric Lab is a one-stop shop for designers and creators to buy 100% Hemp fabric
and blends with other sustainable fibers like organic cotton, Tencel, wool, silk, yak
hair, nettle, bamboo, and recycled polyester. You can just visit our website
www.hempfabriclab.com and directly purchase swatches/fabrics or even write to us
with your inquiry at sales@hempfabriclab.com.

Our fabrics are thoughtful, good for the planet and your conscience which is why we
want to build an ecosystem of like-minded people. Brands, Designers, Consumers,
Researchers, and students- Hemp Fabric Lab is your playground, come and play
away!