Hemp Fabric Lab
Hemp Fabric Lab or HFL is one-stop shop for designers and creators to buy hemp fabrics, hemp yarns and hemp fibers from. We want to create an ecosystem where brands, designers, consumers, researchers and students can learn about hemp and ultimately create products that not only look good but don’t burden our planet as well. At Hemp Fabric Lab we are dedicated to providing 100% hemp fabric and blends with other sustainable fibers like organic cotton, Tencel, wool, silk, yak hair, nettle, bamboo and even recycled polyester.
Birth of Hemp Fabric Lab
2013-BOHECO comes into existence. Sold our first fabric.
2014-Blabel India’s first hemp clothing brand is launched
2016-Introduction of handlooms and textiles
2018-Hemp Fabric Lab is formed
Vision and Mission
Our vision is to become the foremost players in the hemp textile industry in India and create an ecosystem for designers, consumers and innovators to come together in a collaborative spirit and find interesting new ways to use hemp.
Being a product of BOHECO, our mission is to educate people about the wonders of hemp and banish any myths surrounding it. We want hemp to be the no.1 fabric option for brands, designers and consumers because aside from being a far more sustainable option than most natural fibers, it’s also a great USP for any brand to have.
At HFL, we want customers to feel at ease while fabric shopping. One of the biggest challenges we found out that all new brands and designers face is dealing with large quantities and lack of easy accessibility to sustainable fabrics. So we decided to do away with MOQs (minimum order quantities) and make our fabrics accessible to everyone. Besides just selling fabrics, we’re committed to being sustainable change makers which is why one of our goals is to abide by the ethos of a circular economy. By adopting a biodegradable fabric like hemp, we’re trying to ensure that the post use lifecycle of garments made from our fabric doesn’t burden the planet.
Hemp has numerous environmental benefits that promote sustainability. The hemp plant almost eliminates the need for pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. It requires less water than most fiber crops. Due of its resiliency, it has also been flagged as a natural way to clean up soil pollution. Hemp absorbs carbon dioxide through natural photosynthesis, making it a carbon negative crop. Hemp has more than 5,000 uses, making hemp a very valuable resource for the mankind. As each part of the plant is utilized, there is negligible to zero plant waste. Hemp truly classifies as a sustainable crop.
In a traditional linear economy we manufacture, use, and throw, on the other hand in a circular economy we make use of resources and products for as long as possible, extract maximum value while in use. Even at the end of each service life, we recover, regenerate and use the end product as a raw material resource. Sustainable fashion incorporates the basic principles of circular economy. Thus, maximizing the utilization and reducing the waste.
Neha is sustainable textile designer from NID and does product innovation and development at HFL. Neha is passionate about sustainability, textiles and design. She has also worked on a project called SOOT, which is an innovative colorant developed from industrial waste. Neha loves travelling to unique and untouched places, experiencing new cultures and is a fair believer in collaboration.
Head, Business Development
With a background in communication design from NIFT and footwear design from The Footwearists in The Netherlands, Mansi manages brand communication and customer relationships at Hemp Fabric Lab. She's handled many different roles in the past; as a designer at Metro shoes, a manager at Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna's art gallery in Delhi and has also done stints as an actor on tv commercials. Her goal now is on creating awareness about sustainable fashion in India and encouraging new, emerging designers to design responsibly. Work aside, she enjoys meeting and connecting with new people, doing shoe illustrations and advocating for leading a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle.