Hemp And Hap­pen­ing

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Brunch - - QUICK SINGLES: AJINKYA RAHANE, ANALYSED - By Ananya Ghosh

Fash­ion is get­ting an un­usual high these days with chic, long-last­ing, fun fab­ric made from cannabis

CLOTHES MADE from cannabis? We swear we haven’t been smok­ing up. Hemp fab­ric, pop­u­lar in Ne­olithic times, with 13th cen­tury Chi­nese and even Cleopa­tra, is hav­ing a fash­ion mo­ment all over again. And not just with mod­ern- day Rasta­far­i­ans or the poorer char­ac­ters on Game Of Thrones. You can now buy comfy T-shirts, flouncy skirts, kur­tas and even shoes made from a plant oth­er­wise as­so­ci­ated with psy­choac­tive sign­ing out of real­ity, dude!

Think of hemp as the sober cousin of mar­i­juana. It’s grown with­out pes­ti­cides, GMO seeds or syn­thetic fer­tilis­ers. The tex­tile it yields is durable, in­su­lat­ing and, when pro­cessed well, has a linen­like drape. It is bio-de­grade­ble too. No won­der it’s caught the fancy of three Indian start-ups.

THE WON­DER FAB­RIC

Yash P Ko­tak of Bom­bay Hemp Com­pany (Bo­heco) was the first of

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