Category: Franklin Hemp
Franklin Hemp Series
Developing this new series has been an amazing experience for Franklin. Hemp production was outlawed years ago, mostly because of pressure from the cotton lobby. It was one of the major crops produced in the American colonies because of its incredible durability and availability. Today, 98% of the hemp on the marked is produced in China.
The hemp crops for our Franklin straps were produced by Tennessee Hemp Works, who are paving a future of hemp production in Tennessee. This is the first hemp produced in Tennessee since the 1920’s.
We settled on an ultra thick weave that captures the natural qualities of the material, which is the second strongest natural fiber available. In addition, the natural properties of the fiber make it antimicrobial. This might be a great benefit for those of you who tend to work up a sweat on stage.
We have two versions available. The first is a 60” 4 fold technique that results in three layers of hemp. It feels like you could hang a dump truck from a tree limb with this stuff and yet it has a softness that doesn’t seem possible. The four fold is has a French seam up the middle that gives it the most amazing tailored look.
The second version is a two fold technique that results in two layers of hemp. On this version, we back it with our deep knapp suede for a combination of weight and softness that defies description.
The natural visual qualities of hemp combined with leather is just spectacular and the functional strength is remarkable.
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