As my home country of Canada readies itself to legalize smoking marijuana for recreational use, many companies are rethinking at the textile opportunity for cannabis. By offering itself as an alternative to leather, hemp can reduce our environmental footprint. It’s also considered a miracle fibre, since it’s naturally strong, absorbent and weather resistant.
While clothing made from hemp isn’t new (a quick internet search yields thousands of results for commercially available products, from wallets to hoodies) what’s new is hemp black and its promise for the future of fabrics.
We’re just learning about Hemp Black, so if you have some more information, please let us know in the comments below, but from what we’ve gathered so far, Hemp Black is a carbonized bioproduct of hemp. By treating the materials in a special way, the promise is that advanced features of the fiber are unlocked, including RFID shielding, thermo-regulation, and an auxetics effects, which is what makes the woman’s dress transform from solid to sheer int this video.
Do you know someone working with Hemp Black? We’d love to hear from you. Leave us a comment below or get in touch. Images via Hemp Black.