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King­dom pre­sents hemp: The king of nat­u­ral fi­bre

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The tex­tile in­dus­try is con­stantly search­ing for new fi­bres to cre­ate fresh yarns that are both eco-friendly and aes­thet­i­cally ap­peal­ing...

The tex­tile in­dus­try is con­stantly search­ing for new fi­bres to cre­ate fresh yarns that are both eco-friendly and aes­thet­i­cally ap­peal­ing. While linen and its blends have a fan-fol­low­ing that has been the main­stay prod­uct of­fer­ings of King­dom

Hold­ings from China, the com­pany has re­cently in­tro­duced Hemp fi­bre, which is ob­tained from the bast of the plant Cannabis sativa L and is con­sid­ered su­pe­rior to cot­ton, ramie and flax, for its nat­u­ral prop­er­ties. Very up­beat about the po­ten­tial of Hemp fi­bres, Sid­dharth Me­hta, Part­ner, TeXven­tures LLP, the mar­ket­ing part­ners of King­dom in In­dia, shares the facts that make Hemp the fi­bre of the fu­ture.

Hav­ing worked with King­dom for a long time, TeXven­tures un­der­stands the strong move­ment to­wards sus­tain­able fi­bres. “King­dom pays great at­ten­tion to the con­stant tran­si­tions in the tex­tile in­dus­try and fo­cuses on the healthy, en­vi­ron­ment-friendly and nat­u­ral life of mod­ern peo­ple. To­day when the ut­most im­por­tance is be­ing given to na­ture, Hemp, the ges­ture of ‘re­cov­er­ing the orig­i­nal sim­plic­ity’ im­parts new hope for the fu­ture,” says Sid­dharth. He adds that the fi­bre is thin and short, close to that of cot­ton fi­bre, and has round ends which is es­pe­cially soft and com­fort­able and feels smooth and fine to touch. It is usu­ally grown in trop­i­cal mod­er­ate tem­per­a­ture re­gions. Many fac­tors give Hemp a sus­tain­able edge.

Hemp’s pro­duc­tion process is eco-friendly

Hemp fi­bre is en­vi­ron­ment-friendly and de­com­poses nat­u­rally, which has been wit­nessed over the time as the fi­bre has been used in China for around 5,000 years. The in­her­ent prop­erty of the fi­bre is biodegrad­able and thus can de­com­pose spon­ta­neously un­der the ef­fects of mi­cro­bial ac­tiv­i­ties. Hemp is called ‘Eco Fi­bre’ as its pro­duc­tion, as com­pared to other fi­bre pro­duc­ing crops, re­quires few pes­ti­cides, vir­tu­ally no her­bi­cides and re­quires less wa­ter to grow.

Struc­tural char­ac­ter­is­tics

Hemp is the long­est (1–3 m), strong­est (10 times stronger than cot­ton) and most durable of the all the nat­u­ral fi­bres. The in­her­ent char­ac­ter­is­tics of Hemp fi­bre of­fer good mois­ture ab­sorp­tion and sweat ven­ti­la­tion prop­er­ties. It has sta­ble molec­u­lar struc­ture, thereby gen­er­at­ing low static elec­tric­ity.

Its good mois­ture ab­sorp­tion also pre­vents the ac­cu­mu­la­tion of static elec­tric­ity, so the gen­er­a­tion of static elec­tric­ity due to fric­tion as well as pilling (fab­ric tex­ture) and dust ab­sorp­tion can all be well pre­vented. This pro­tects the hu­man body from skin al­ler­gies, rashes and prick­ling feel­ings.

Healthy cloth­ing choice

Hemp fab­rics are breath­able fab­rics made from nat­u­ral fi­bre and have anti-bac­te­rial prop­er­ties which help to re­duce any kind of odours. Hemp fi­bre con­tains a large amount of phe­no­lic sub­stances (an­ti­sep­tic) and such nat­u­ral an­tibi­otic sub­stances which can ef­fec­tively hin­der the mi­cro­bial me­tab­o­lism and ac­tiv­i­ties of mould and dam­age bac­te­rial struc­tures.

Com­mon clothes can block only up to 30-90% ul­tra­vi­o­let rays (UV rays) whereas Hemp fab­rics can shield more than 95% UV rays with­out any spe­cial treat­ment. Fur­ther, fab­rics made from Hemp fi­bre have high poros­ity and thus have good sound ab­sorp­tion and air per­me­abil­ity; these su­pe­rior prop­er­ties have been widely used in home fur­nish­ing.

Pre­mium than Linen

Linen is cur­rently one of the fastest trend­ing choices con­sid­er­ing its nat­u­ral and or­ganic char­ac­ter­is­tics. Hemp shares many prop­er­ties with linen such as slubs, cool and breath­able feel but the nat­u­ral slubs in the Hemp fab­ric are more uni­formly struc­tured which give the fab­rics a won­der­ful glim­mer.

Hemp has high scope in home fur­nish­ing sec­tor as well since Hemp is in­cred­i­bly strong; it is up to 10 times the ten­sile strength and 4 times the dura­bil­ity of cot­ton and 2 times higher than linen, and is nat­u­rally hy­poal­ler­genic, anti-vi­ral and an­tibac­te­rial. Be­cause of this, it is an ex­cel­lent choice for asthma and al­lergy suf­fer­ers.

Cre­at­ing aware­ness…

Since the prod­uct is very new to the mar­ket, TeXven­tures plans to con­duct sem­i­nars and other fo­rums to ed­u­cate the in­dus­try on why to use Hemp. “We are very ex­cited with the op­por­tu­ni­ties that Hemp fi­bres present, and cur­rently we are plan­ning to ed­u­cate the in­dus­try about the ben­e­fits and char­ac­ter­is­tics of Hemp, which has been in­tro­duced in the mar­ket re­cently,” con­cludes Sid­dharth.

Hemp fi­bre is en­vi­ron­ment­friendly and de­com­poses nat­u­rally, which has been wit­nessed over the time as the fi­bre has been used in China for around 5,000 years.

The hemp is char­ac­ter­ized by the style of linen and com­fort feel­ing of wool and this is only a start…

The hemp is char­ac­ter­ized by the style of linen and com­fort feel­ing of wool and this is only a start…

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