THE HOME OF HEMP BLAZING THE ECO TRAIL SINCE 1995
With natural ropes from 3mm to 60mm, there's a huge choice for your needs! Our ropes are made from 100% pure naturla hemp. From macrame to traditional sailing ropes, find the perfect rope for your project here...
Sizes of this hemp braided cord range from 2.2mm to 6.5mm. A great choice for macrame or craft projects, good for using in the home or garden. It's a functional, strong and eco-friendly string for your needs.
Our organic hemp twine selection is perfect for using in your home or garden. Sizes range from 0.8mm to 1.7mm. This natural fibre string is kind to the environment, and naturally biodegrades over time.
The production facility for our hemp ropes and cord has been assessed by Sedex, one of the world’s leading online platforms for companies to manage and improve working conditions in global supply chains. A SMETA (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Report) report has been conducted for the company and their facility. SMETA reports cover labour standards, health & safety, environment and business ethics in-depth. They were found to be compliant in all areas of the report.
The natural fibre processing for our hemp ropes, twine and cord is chemical –free, this is accomplished by mechanical combings done in two stages known as scutching and hackling, traditional methods used in Eastern Europe.
Hemp is a fantastic natural and eco-friendly choice for your rope, twine or cord needs. Here at the hemp shop, we’ve got a full range of sizes/thicknesses and can supply any lengths that you require. With our quantity discounts the more you buy, the more you save!
Browse below for the finest quality true Hemp fibre ropes, twines & braided cords. We only sell Hemp, so you can be guaranteed that the products you get from us are made with 100% pure Hemp fibre. We don't mix any Flax, Coir, Sisal, Jute or anything else in our ropes, twines and braids - just Hemp. All available for despatch direct from the UK, so you can expect no delays or excessive shipping costs.
Hemp rope has been used throughout history because of its ease of growth, high yields and long strong fibres. Traces of hemp rope have been discovered dating back as far as 8,000-10,000 BC in Asia, where Archaeologists discovered imprints of hemp cord on ancient Chinese pottery.
Here’s a few other instances of hemp rope throughout history, and around the globe:
There is further evidence of hemp rope being used in China around 2800 BC.
Hemp rope dating back to 600BC was discovered by archaeologists in Russia.
Hemp rope is widely recorded as being used by the ancient Greeks and Romans.
In the UK, Hemp ropes were discovered in a Roman well in Dunbartonshire dating back to between 140 and 180 AD. Thought to have been brought there by the occupying Roman forces during that time.
Hemp ropes were used by viking sailors in the middle ages, and fragments of hemp rope have been discovered in viking burials in Norway.
Hemp rope is made by twisting or braiding natural hemp fibres together. The fibres used in hemp rope are called the “bast”. This section of the hemp plant is below the outer bark layer, and surrounds the inner stalk. The fibres are strong and long, running the full length of the stalk. These long fibres are what gives hemp ropes their natural strength.
Hemp provides more natural fibre per acre than cotton or jute, and the fibres are easily extracted for making hemp rope. These ropes have been made using the same traditional methods for thousands of years. To distill the process to its most basic explanation; strip the fibres from the plant, and twist them together!
Modern uses of hemp rope vary massively, from decoration and craft projects, to industrial and heavy-duty uses. Hemp rope can be used for any number of purposes, including (but not limited to)...
Many people like to soften their hemp rope through a process known as “conditioning”, especially if the rope is going to be used directly on skin (as with Shibari rope bondage). It’s important to note that this process adds softness, but sacrifices of some of the rope’s strength. Conditioning hemp rope is a fairly simple procedure, but you’ll need a good amount of time available to invest in this process, as it can be a bit lengthy.
We’re not going into the details of how to do this today, as it has been covered by many others online. Since the process involves open flames and the not insignificant risk of ruining your rope, we’ll leave the instructions to others who have greater experience in these techniques. Search online for “how to condition hemp rope” and you’ll be sure to find instructions on how to do this.
Untreated hemp rope should ideally be stored indoors, in a dry environment with a consistent temperature to prevent it from rotting. Damp conditions are not great for hemp, as the natural fibres will begin to biodegrade. If you’re using hemp rope outdoors then we recommend a waterproofing treatment.
Waterproofing hemp rope can be achieved with natural products by treating it periodically with natural pine tar such as “Stockholm Tar”. The advice is to heat the tar container in warm water, and then apply to your rope, either by dipping the rope in the tar, or applying liberally with a brush. This will provide a layer of protection against damp, which can lead to rot.
Hemp rope is one of the strongest natural ropes available. In terms of the best breaking strains it cannot compete with modern synthetic ropes, but is among the best natural and environmentally friendly options available. Each thickness has a different strength, and you’ll need to take a look at the product pages to find out the exact breaking strains for each rope.
We recommend dyeing hemp rope with one of our low-impact eco fibre reactive dyes. These dyes bond with the atoms in the rope fibres to provide a long lasting rich colour that will not bleed. These dyes work particularly well with hemp rope due to it being a natural fibre.
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