Hemptex Introduces New Fiber Blends

Hemp Textiles International Corp. (Hemptex), Bellingham, Wash., has introduced two new hemp fiber
blends in its designer wovens for Spring 2002.The HemPop collection includes fabrics in a blend of
Cantiva® true hemp fibers and recycled polyester from PET beverage bottles. Included in the line
are 4.5-ounce supple shirting in bright and iridescent colors, bottom-weight twill and textured
weaves in tone-on-tone cool neutrals and 9-ounce weather-worn slubby denim.”The comfort and raw
beauty of hemp fiber combines with the moisture-wicking and performance of polyester, creating a
strong blend match,” said Nancy Williams, vice president, design and development.The Vision
collection comprises fabrics in 6- to 8-ounce blends of Cantiva hemp and spun silk, including
bouclweeds in a range of colors from acid off-brights to subtle retro melang#44; rustic lightweight
denim and a number of spring basics.”Hemp adds structure and strength to the blend, while the spun
silk adds body and extra softness,” said Williams. “The hand and drape we have achieved is

May 2001