Hemp was traditionally used as an industrial fiber and has been an important commodity dating back as far as 8,000 years. Hemp has been used to make canvases, ropes and even paper. Hemp was grown as a crop across the early United States. Hemp is has gained popularity as a fabric used as Hemp window treatments due to its low maintenance and clean, eco-friendly approach to home decor.
The Softer Side of Hemp
Although hemp is a tough-wearing fabric, its natural form was too rough and needed to be softened to be used as a window treatment. Natural glue in the hemp, called lignin, needed to be removed. Typically, the method to remove this glue in other fabrics included the use of acids. However, this method weakened the hemp, making it unusable.
It wasn’t until the late 1980s that a softening method using enzymes came about, allowing the glues to be removed while retaining the fabric’s strength. This breakthrough allowed hemp to be made into a fabric to be used in window treatments and a variety of other increasingly popular uses.
The hemp used in curtains and drapes found on the market is organically grown in Europe. Hemp window treatments are well insulated and allow natural light into any room while keeping harmful UV rays from entering the home. Unlike many other curtains, the hemp fabric will not break down from prolonged exposure to the sun’s rays.
Typically, curtains created from hemp are machine washable using warm water and should be hung on a line to dry. Hemp curtains may be placed in the dryer; however, the heat should be set to the lowest setting. If the curtains wrinkle, using an iron on the highest linen setting is recommended. Prolong the life of hemp curtains by not adding sharp creases or pleats, both will cause the fabric to deteriorate.
Hemp window treatments are popular in homes with young children due to recent studies about harmful materials used in conventional window treatments.Along with other organic fabrics, hemp is also friendly to the environment. Hemp is a low-maintenance and fast-growing plant. Hemp produces more fiber than cotton and flax while using the same amount of acreage.
Another benefit to using curtains, drapes and shades created from hemp, is the vinyl mini blinds found in many homes could contain harmful levels of lead that is harmful to children and adults. When they are exposed to sunlight for long periods of time, and they begin to deteriorate causing dust which is contaminated with the lead from the blinds and disbursed through the air.
Hemp Curtains can be purchased from a number of manufactures. You can find them on Rawganique.com for 55 – $109 (with rings).
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