By Jessica Steinberg | June 25, 2019 | Hemp in History
Did you know that the fashion industry is one of the biggest polluting industries? One way we can make the industry more sustainable is purchasing hemp products- it might seem like a new thing, but do you know hemp clothing has been around for a long-ass time?? Here are some fun facts about hemp in fashion history you may not have known about:
- The oldest piece of hemp fabric that archeologists have found, is from 10,000 years ago, dating around 8,000 B.C., in Mesopotamia.
- Hemp was also used for clothing in ancient China.
- Jamestown, the first English colony in American, passed a law in 1619 requiring that all settlers must grow hemp. You could be jailed for refusing to grow hemp! (Ummm…make America Great Again?!)
- Hemp was federally legal in the US until 1937 When the Marijuana tax act made both weed and hemp illegal. up until the early 1900's Hemp was widely used and respected for its versatility durability and efficient rate of growth.
Harvesting Hemp in Kentucky (photo source: https://medium.com)
As you can see, we’ve had plenty of time to perfect hemp threads And now thanks to a provision in the 2018 Farm Bill hemp is no longer a federally illegal substance. We are now working faster than ever to reintroduce Hemp into society. That is why Stupid Apparel has decided to convert all of our clothing designs to a 60% hemp and 40% cotton blend! You can check out my favorite Hemp clothing by Clicking Here. It’s kind of like wearing history, but not, because it’s brand new… just one of those “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” OG things we gotta support by bringing it back to help the environment and make the world a brighter place.
Stay tuned for our Stupid Blogs to learn more reasons Hemp can help create a brighter place!