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Buttons and Breeches

Posted on November 1, 1999

Archaeology at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, coupled with the third president’s fastidious record keeping, are opening the closet door on the clothing of enslaved Africans.

Hemp on the go

Posted on January 1, 1999

Do you ever feel like your travel gear is missing something? Maybe that something is hemp! Artisan Gear offers a complete line of travel accessories woven in the U.S. from hemp fiber.

The poetics of grief and the price of hemp in southwest China

Posted on November 1, 1998

This article explores the nature of grief and mourning in this community by examining connections between the work of grief and work with hemp. It investigates the values attached to hemp in this part of China, both its market values and the sensuous values entailed in its production and use, relating the verbal and material poetics of grief to the specific historical conditions under which hempen cloth was produced and marketed in the twentieth century, especially the latter half.

A lifetime with the song of the loom: Kim Chom-sun

Posted on July 1, 1998

Tolshil residents have long been known for their fine textured hemp cloth. Hemp cloth woven in Tolshil is as delicate as ramie, which is why the villagers’ products earned a reputation for their exceptionally high quality. The techniques used to produce an item of tribute for the royal court have been handed down from generation to generation, with this expertise being designated an intangible cultural asset by the Korean government.

Hemp Textiles

Posted on January 1, 1998

As the first vegetable fiber ever harvested for the purpose of making fabrics, hemp has always been valued for its durability. Materials made from hemp fiber have been discovered in tombs dating back to the 8th millennium (8,000-7,000 B.C.). Hemp has long been an industrial fiber because of its steady availability, strength and versatility.

Hemp: Historic fiber remains controversial

Posted on November 1, 1997

Use of hemp in yarns and fabrics grows as debate ensues over legalizing U.S. cultivation of the versatile plant. Hemp is a great deal more than just an alternative textile fiber. It is one of the few plants whose byproducts can either be eaten, sat on, written on, worn, slathered on your body, painted on a wall or squirted into a machine. It is also the subject of a worldwide controversy that involves such disparate factions as farmers, government enforcement agencies, environmentalists, supporters of legalized drugs and manufacturers of textile, food and paper products.

Coming to America: It’s high time for hemp’s return

Posted on August 1, 1997

An American cash crop until 1937, industrial hemp is now illegal to grow in the United States. Raw and processed fibers are imported from Eastern Europe and China. Currently under censure from the U.S. textile and apparel industry for violations of trade and human rights agreements, China continues to reap the benefits of this fiber — while the United States remains the only industrialized nation that is not growing hemp.

Clothing arguments

Posted on July 1, 1997

Can the fashion-conscious have an eco-conscience? Designer Isaac Mizrahi would probably say yes, given that the dresses in his fall collection are accented with recycled furs. So would Giorgio Armani — he created the hemp tux Woody Harrelson wore to this year’s Oscars.

Fashionably natural

Posted on June 1, 1997

In the 1990s, consumers are saying “no” to conventional dyes, “wrinkle-free” treatments and pesticide-doused fabrics that are harsh on clothes, not to mention your health and the environment.

Hemp is high fashion

Posted on January 20, 1997

Hemp products are booming. You can’t get high smoking jeans made from it. The oil tastes pretty good on salads, but don’t expect to get a buzz. You can make brownies with it, but after eating a few, reggae music still sounds about the same.