Along our diligent process in constructing a basic lightweight t-shirt using a natural and sustainable fiber such as hemp, we've sampled with a variety of Hemp jersey fabric that we felt would make something that resembles that of a classic tee (think classic fruit of the loom / hanes tees). Just when we thought we had figured out which fabric to use after 4 rounds of sampling, we were then offered a new hemp jersey fabric from one of our textile vendors which had seriously caught our attention.
This new fabric was almost everything we wanted it to be, light, consistent, sturdy, and very naturally fresh looking all the while washing really well. However, we were a bit skeptical because the fabric had a lot of stretch to it even though it supposedly didn't contain any form of elastic. Also, it had this kinda sheen that reminded us of Rayon, a synthetic version of silk. Because of this skepticism, we kept bugging our vendor for a certificate of authenticity to see if it's truly hemp, which they had continually insisted that it was. When they handed over the certificate, we then discovered that it was indeed hemp; however, not just any kinda hemp, but a relatively new kind that is called VISCOSE HEMP.
If you don't know what Viscose is, a bit of research on google will give you an idea. After doing just that, this is our super simple interpretation of what Viscose Hemp is (here's an elaborate illustration should you be interested in knowing more: http://www.cirfs.org/manmadefibres/fibrerange/Viscose.aspx). Take Hemp, break it down using chemicals such as Sodium Hydroxide & Carbon Disulfate to transform it into a liquid state. Get the liquid to a desired state, then spin it into really small fibers (that dries quicker than super glue). If that doesn't make sense (my apologies), you can watch this old video to give you more details on how Viscose Wood (Rayon) is made. This process is identical to Viscose hemp whereas the difference is simply wood vs. hemp: CLICK HERE.
jungmaven.com is all about Viscose Hemp according to this article:
If you remember the early days of bamboo fibers when it was first introduced, like hemp, it didn't receive enough love to thrive for textile purposes because it simply wasn't soft enough. Then shortly after, it was reintroduced in the form of Viscose and was beloved by so many in the industry... until, people started figuring out the Viscose process and how harmful it can be for you. Whether or not, this Viscose process for hemp is exactly the same as the process for Bamboo, that we do not firmly know. However, it certain smells, walk, and quack like one. =O
Synthetics in the form of fibers and other resource components, as we've mentioned in the past, we believe to have a disharmonious vibration relative to our very own natural vibration. However, though this is the case with almost all synthetics today, that doesn't mean that man cannot make a plastic that is not bad for us. We believe they can by using high quality material which natural components but let's face it, the industry currently does not know enough about the adverse effects of the cheap plastics they're using to care to decrease their bottom lines.. and we don't blame em. That's why most personal & environmentally health-conscious businesses like us are here.
thehempcoop.org ( raw hemp: 55%hemp 45%organic cotton )
Anyhow, with that thought in mind, we were hopeful that Viscose Hemp could be that natural material that makes plastic okay and after sampling with it and wearing the shirt made from that fabric for a few days, my body wasn't able to detect the irritation as it would with most other synthetic fabrics. Likewise, the Viscose Bamboo yoga pants that that Brittanny had purchased me some years ago (from Rawganique) also had no adverse effect on my skin. Of course this reinforces the hopefulness for Viscose and it made the decision tougher than we thought it would be initially. However, despite the positive outcome of our unofficial tests, we're going to move forward with our production of the Hemp Basic Undie Tee using a jersey textile that is made from Hemp in its raw form because let's face it, we simply do not know enough about this new fiber "technology" to jump on it and we're okay with that. <3 Patience.