Hemp, a relative of the Cannabis Sativa plant species, is a versatile plant that can be used to create textiles, clothing, biofuel, food, etc. In particular, Hemp clothing is popular because of its comfort in any kind of weather. Garments made from Hemp are very durable and good for sensitive skin. Many people who wear hemp clothing admit that it is difficult for them to switch back to artificial materials such as polyester or nylon once they have tried hemp. Hemp can also be blended with other organic materials to further increase durability and comfort.
Similar to hemp in terms of sustainability, bamboo fabrics offer many advantages over artificial fabrics. Bamboo clothing is 100% biodegradable and is processed in an eco-friendly manner. The fabric itself is extremely soft and comfortable. Bamboo fabrics are hypoallergenic which means that it does not irritate the skin and is especially useful for people with skin allergies. Like hemp, bamboo fabrics are thermo-regulating: the fabric maintains a comfortable temperature for the body in any kind of weather.
The Himalayan Giant Nettle is found in the Himalayan region, mostly in Nepal. In its natural form, it can cause itchy rashes and burns if it is touched. However, after it is processed into a fabric, it turns into a wonderful fabric that is comfortable, absorbent, durable and good for sensitive skin. Like hemp and bamboo, it is cultivated and processed using environmentally friendly techniques. In particular, nettle does not require any pesticides and does not need a lot of water to grow. Moreover, it can be blended with other organic materials to increase comfort and durability.
Linen is a fabric made from the fibers of the flax plant. Although it is laborious to manufacture, linen fibers are highly absorbent and are valued for the exceptional comfort in hot weather. 5000 years ago, Linen was used by the Egyptians for its beauty and comfort making it one of the oldest agricultural plants. Today, linen is a popular fabric as it is stylish, comfortable, durable and easy to wash & dry.
Natural Dyes are sourced from colors that are naturally present in plants or minerals such as roots, berries, bark and leaves which are used to dye fabrics and give them a clean, natural look. Since these fabrics do not contain any artificial chemical dyes, it is better for the skin and the environment. Naturally dyed fabrics are especially good for people with sensitive skin.