Uses: Hemp fiber has many qualities including strength, durability and absorbency that make it very desirable to use in a wide range of products. Not all fibers are created equal — given their differing physical properties, bast and core fibers have different ideal end uses.
Textiles: The economics of using hemp fibers in many products are a subject of ongoing debate, research and development, and business analysis. While the uses of hemp are manifold, bringing these products to market at a price that customers are willing to pay can be rather challenging. Hence, not all possible products may be readily available.
A long standing use for bast fibers are their use in textiles. Bast fibers can be cleaned, spun and then woven or knitted into many fabrics suitable for durable and comfortable clothing and housewares. Hemp fibers also can be blended with other fibers, such as cotton and linen, for specific textures and performance. Well-crafted hemp textiles are durable, breathability and have strong thermal qualities, as well as being mildew-resistant and hypoallergenic.