Raw Hemp Fiber is one of the most valuable parts of the hemp plant. It is commonly called bast fiber, which refers to the fibers that grow on the outside of the plant’s stalk. Bast fibers give the plant its strength and durability. Hemp fibers can be between approximately 0.91 m (3 ft) and 4.6 m (15 ft) long, running the entire length of the plant.
Later in the processing the fibers may be cut into shorter pieces. Depending on the processing used to remove the fiber from the stem, the hemp may naturally be creamy white, brown, gray, black or green. There are so many uses for hemp fibers from animal bedding to hempcreate bricks to plastic composites of all sorts!
In Western and Eastern Europe as well as the Orient, hemp fibers have been used to strengthen composite products, and in other building materials for many construction and manufacturing applications.
A mixture of fiberglass, hemp fiber, kenaf, and flax has been used to make composite panels for automobiles. The first identified coarse paper, made from hemp, dates to the early Western Han Dynasty.
Hemp shives or hurds are the core of the stem. In Europe, they are used for bedding (horse bedding for instance), or for horticultural mulch amoung other uses.
Degummed, Raw, Short fiber, long fiber or maybe the bark fiber?
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