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Hemp Traders making hemp fabrics in US

Sep '20
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Hemp Traders has unveiled hemp knit fabrics for Americans - the first time since hemp prohibition that American made hemp fabrics are available to people. The fabrics will be produced and dyed in Los Angeles. Three types of fabric are being produced - Jersey for t-shirts, French Terry for sweatshirts and sweatpants, and Rib Knit for accessories and apparel.

The first fabric has already been made available while another set of eight would be available within the next two weeks.

"Many customers want hemp textiles that are made in America," said Hemp Traders president and industry veteran Lawrence Serbin. "This is the first step in bringing the entire process back home. Not only does this help the American hemp industry to position hemp textiles for a larger share of the market and make hemp products more available; it does it at a cheaper price than the same Chinese imports."

The company, which was founded in 1994, will start by making three types of fabric. Jersey which is used for t-shirts, French Terry which is for sweatshirts and sweatpants, and Rib Knit which is used for accessories and apparel.

"While we currently still need to import hemp yarns from China since the machines literally don't exist in the US," continued Serbin, "this is a huge step towards building the market. The demand already exists. We are currently working with farmers and processors to bring decortication, processing, and spinning facilities online. The ultimate goal is to perform the entire process in the United States utilising 100 per cent American grown hemp. "

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