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venuspluto Donating Member (6 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-28-07 10:08 AM
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153. Fabric softness of plant fibers
Edited on Sun Oct-28-07 10:08 AM by venuspluto
It's my understanding that the more a pure hemp garment is washed and worn, the softer it will get. This is true of all "bast fibers" (fibers collected from the inner barks of plant-stems, other examples being flax AKA linen and rhamie). One way that hemp cultivators make raw hemp fiber less coarse is to harvest their hemp plants earlier, and this will yield a more linen-like fabric. While I'm sure such fabric will last a good long time also, I don't know if this early-harvested hemp fiber would have a shorter wash-and-wear life than mature-harvested hemp fiber.
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