This midweight hemp is 100% supple yet substantial. Its occasional slubs give it a handmade appearance, and its natural qualities feel cool against the skin in the summer, and warm in winter. Its mid-weight makes it extremely versatile: Use it for occasional upholstery*; drapes, top of the bed, all kinds of clothes, totes, sandwich covers, kitchen towels, and crafts.
The mill in China where this fabric is woven is a mill where the principals are dedicated to green technology. Consequently, not only are their air and water quality standards very high, the mill also has a renewable energy plan that they have made application to the Chinese government to help to fund.
Wenatchee is a city in Central Washington State, located at the confluence of the Wenatchee and Columbia Rivers. It was named for the nearby Wenatchi Indian tribe. The name is a Salish word that means "robe of the rainbow." Archeological digs in the area have uncovered Clovis stone and bone tools dating back more than 11,000 years, indicating that people migrating during the last Ice Age spent time in the Wenatchee area. Today, Wenatchee is known as the "Apple Capital of the World" because of its many orchards.
Just this side of pre-shrunk in cool temperatures: 3% shrinkage in width only, not length. If washed and dried using hot, shrinkage is approximately 10% in width and 7% in length.
- abrasion test results: 12,000 Martindale
- certification: Fiber only; processed to GOTS standards
- content: 100% hemp
- weight: 8 oz per yd2 / 271 gm m2
- width: 57" / 144 cm
*By "occasional" upholstery use we mean on a piece that is used a few times a week, not a kids and pets sofa.
Wenatchee offers that wonderful blend of luxury and comfort, with down-to-earth practicality. So what can it be used for? Practically anything.
The organic fibers were spun, woven, and dyed in compliance with The Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS), which means that no chemicals of concern were used in any step of the production process which might harm you, so you can use this fabric knowing that it is safe for you and your family. Among the specifically prohibited chemicals and chemical classes are:
- AOX in primary effluent
- Aromatic solvents
- Bleaching can be oxygen based only
- Chlorophenols (TCP, PCP)
- Complexing agents and active de detergents such as APEO, EDTA, DTPA, etc.
- Formaldehyde and other short-chain aldehydes
- Fungicides and biocides
- Halogenated solvents
- Heavy metals(inputs must be heavy metal free as defined by ETAD)
- Nano Particles
Finally, the GOTS requirements ensure that workers are treated well, they're paid fair wages, and child and slave labor are not allowed. Working conditions are good (such as having air purification on the premises); there is adequate light and ventilation.
To be clear: When we say that the fabric is produced in compliance with GOTS, we mean that we adhere to the GOTS standard even though we cannot prove it to you because someone in the chain of custody has dropped their GOTS certification, or never gotten it. We know that we advise you to avoid suppliers who claim to be safe but do not have the certificates to prove it (putting us in an awkward position!) so if this makes you uncomfortable, please select a different fabric that has GOTS or Oeko Tex certification. Our goal is to convert all fabrics to third-party certifications.