Austria-based Lenzing launched the Bast Recast collection at Kingpins24 that showcases the strength of teamwork, with a Tencel lyocell hemp blend and environmentally responsible solutions from pioneers around the denim supply chain that highlight hemp's sustainability properties.
The project manager at Lenzing, Michael Kininmonth said that to pay homage to hemp's heritage, they gathered a collective of companies they knew could provide the quality, innovation, and environmental integrity that sustainable denim wardrobe projects deserve.
Kingdom, one of the world's leading linen and hemp yarn producers, has contributed GOTS-certified traditional and cottonized hemp fibers and yarns to the collection. Naveena Denim Ltd., based in Pakistan, manufactured all fabrics entirely in-house, and Endrime, based in the United Kingdom, designed, pattern cut, and sewed the entire collection, drawing inspiration from hemp's centuries-long past.
Endrime's owner and artistic director, Mohsin Sajid, said, he personally decided to revisit the mid-1800s by creating period-correct garments and fabrics from the time of early denim and workwear as workwear was originally made from a combination of hemp and linen.
Jeanologia's natural, water-saving, and sustainable techniques were used to finish the garments, and each model is available in both raw and washed versions.
Environmentally sustainable solutions from pioneers in the denim supply chain are included in the latest Tencel Lyocell Hemp denim collection.
Every detail was chosen with the setting in mind, from the thread to the hangtag: Crafil, a Portuguese company, produced biodegradable sewing threads made from Celofil, a 100% certified Tencel lyocell fabric, and joker labels and hang-tags were created from the collection's off-cuts. Warp-face, a preservation initiative, provided sustainable paper, and Officina+39, an Italian chemicals firm, provided Recycrom dyestuff for the Tencel lyocell and hemp denim paper.
Farmers have long praised hemp as a regenerative fiber that takes less water to grow than cotton crops, and it has been considered a cash crop in countries such as China. Hemp, on the other hand, has become a daunting regulatory area to negotiate because of its links to the drug industry. In recent years, easing national prohibitions has pushed the fiber into the spotlight, prompting analysts to see it as the next great cotton alternative.
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