Jungmaven founder Robert Jungmann has been working with hemp textiles and natural dyes since '93. Tie dyeing and batiking with indigo, black tea, coffee, turmeric and making paper with the hemp scraps.
Jungmann strongly believes in working with hemp for multiple reasons. Hemp is a natural fiber that’s cultivated with low impact on the environment. It requires no irrigation, uses no pesticides, synthetic fertilizers or GMO seeds. It’s one of the most durable natural fibers on the planet and results in a fabric with a wonderful hand. Hemp also scrubs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Cultivation of hemp improves soil health and farmers can plant food crops in the same field immediately after a hemp harvest. In this way, farmers can grow cash crops and food crops on the same land. Hemp is an important alternative to cotton, which uses more insecticides than any other crop.