Making clothes out of hemp dates back to 1500BC. But in American in the late 1930’s the rise of synthetic petroleum-based fibers, lead to special interest groups lobbying the government to make hemp production illegal. They also spent loads of money on negative propaganda giving our beloved fiber a bit of a bad rap. So we wanted to share with you why we love it:
HEMP FOR VICTORY:
Hemp for Victory was a video released by the USDA in 1942 as wartime propaganda to try to stimulate hemp production because we had been cut off from importing hemp from China.
We love this video for a bunch of reasons, but one because it highlights the American military's dependence on the fiber. Production of which had been banned in 1937 due to the rise of synthetic petroleum-based fibers, which lead to special interest groups lobbying the government to make hemp production illegal under the Opium and Narcotics Act. Which we believe to be a bunch of baloney sandwiches. Anyway, we hope you enjoy this video as much as we do.