Eco Friendly Organic Wild Hemp Yoga Mat, 100% Handmade, Natural and Biodegradable, Non Slip Yoga Mat, Machine Washable Multipurpose Yoga Mat, UK
Free from THC
The Yoga Mat is made from one layer Organic Hemp and 2 layers cotton. The mat doesn't have a smell and it is non-slip. It can be used for multipurpose activities due to it's size. It is larger than a normal size yoga mat 200cm x 77cm x 0.7cm - 1.7kg
The yoga mat is sold including a good size Organic Cotton Yoga Bag- size 85cm x 13 cm, with a phone pocket on the outside.
Most of the Hemp Yarn is produced in Western part of Nepal 'Rukum and Rolpa' district. All the process for yarn produce is manual (handmade).
The hemp yoga mat is suitable for machine wash - 30% -40% with warm water. For best result and long lasting experience, we would advise the product to be washed by hand, in soapy water and rinsed with warm water and leave it to dry it in an airy place, naturally without a dryer.
Hemp Yoga Mat Information:
As an Eco-friendly, sustainable and versatile fiber alternative, hemp
fiber has been in use in Nepal since time immemorial. It is often
mistaken for marijuana as the two are from the same cannabis plat and
both of these have greater degree of resemblance. But this fiber is
extracted from the species of Cannabis Sativa (has fibrous bark), while
marijuana comes from a different species Cannabis Indica (has woody
stems), cultivation of which is illegal in most countries including Nepal.
Cannabis Sativa mostly grows in the wild in high hills of Nepal with
temperate climatic condition from 1500-3500m above sea level. Since it
is an annual plant, it is harvested when it gets fully matured from
October to December depending on climate. Its slim stalks are cut right
at the ground level, left to wither and shed leaves for a few days and
rested in water for a couple of days or three to soften them.
Then the fibrous barks are extracted, coated with fine clay, sundried for a few
days and beaten with large sticks/peddle to further soften the fiber.
Then the yarn is spun and it is boiled in wood ash and water in a large
cauldron to soften and remove any impurities and germs. Next, it is
washed and sundried again. Sometimes spinning the yarn is done after
the fiber is boiled in ash water. The hemp threads are transported to
the cities for weaving them into fabric by using handloom, not power
loom. The fabrics of various thickness, textures and sizes are then used
to make into a wide variety of products. The whole process is done
manually and without the use of any chemicals.
The people mostly harvest the wildly grown hemp, but a fistful of
people have even started commercial farming lately. It is mainly done
mid- and far-western hill districts of Nepal such as Rolpa and Rukum,
Salyan, Pyuthan, Darchula, Bajhang, Bajura, Dailekh, Jajarkot. Rukum
and Rolpa Districts are not only the hemp capital in Nepal but also the
epicenter of a decade-long Maoist insurgency that started in 1996 and
cost 17,000 lives and a lot of infrastructural destruction. The so-called
civil war worst affected the local indigenous ethnic communities,
especially Magar in these two districts and left a lot of widows, orphans
and handicapped as a result. Now the same communities are trying to
make a decent living through hemp fiber extracting. Among them
involved in this occupation, more than 90% are women who have
limited or no other income-generating work. As each of these hemp
products comes in this form as a result of unparalleled toil of those
industrious people, so we ensure they get a fair share of every penny
you pay for these products. Along with the popularity of hemp fabrics
and fashion accessories in the domestic and international markets,
there has been a visible change in positively transforming the lives of
such people in those remote Himalayan hamlets.
Needless to reiterate the environmental benefits of using such wild
hemp fibers which don’t cost any energy, irrigation, pesticides and
human resources until the time of harvest. Compared to its competitor
cotton, hemp fiber has more than twice the yielding in the same area of
land. On top of that, hemp fabric is many times more durable,
stretchable, and moisture-absorbent and has quick drying properties.