The Hindi proverb “rassi jal gayi, par bal nahi gaya (even though the rope is burnt, the strength is still intact)” stands so true for hemp ropes! Made from the sibling of marijuana— hemp ropes are sturdy, provide significant strength without stretch, & withstand intense abrasion.
They have served civilizations for millennia— the history of the 18th and 19th century has a lot to say about its genius. We’re not sure what called for banning hemp ropes despite bearing incredible properties like mildew and abrasion resistance, smoothness, etc. However, recent laws have made hemp production legal. So, we can sense some positives.
We won’t be surprised if hemp rope is an alien concept to you— thanks to the distorted history. But this blog post will cover everything about it and glorify its self-sufficiency brilliance. So, let’s learn everything about the super life-saving tool on the frontier.
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What is hemp rope
Like cotton— hemp is used to make a potpourri of industrial products such as shoes, clothes, bags, papers, and ropes. Hemp, a distinct quality of cannabis sativa plant, is beaten into strands. These strands are collectivized and twisted to make hemp ropes.
These ropes are incredibly versatile in creating a wide variety of items and amazing experiences, such as gifts. Whether you want to practice “Shibari” or decorate your place with “Macrame,” present hemp “Scrapbooking” or embellish your office with “interior and exterior nautical look,” creative minds give hemp ropes a real-meaning in life.
When was hemp rope invented
You’d be surprised knowing the historical roots of hemp ropes. Some of the archaeological proofs indicate hemp ropes were a part of 8,000 BC civilizations. They were Mesopotamians who made these ropes from the hemp bast.
The rope-making “technology” steadily spread across the world. China has a 5,000 years old historical link with it, whereas Europeans added this skill in 1,200 BC. And from then onwards— hemp has played a vital role in elevating civilizations after civilizations from gravest of the gravest situations.
How to make hemp rope— do it yourself!
Hemp rope uses hemp as the primary component. However, it’s not the only component. Some other materials are also used, sometimes. You must be thinking of how to make hemp rope. Is it tough to make one?
Fortunately, hemp ropes are pretty easy to make. It’s kinda DIY if you don’t want to involve a rope machine. So, you can start right away without investing at all. Follow this algorithm to flaunt your cord. You’d need hemp fiber or twine and wooden dowel for structural reinforcement.
# Step 1: Strategize the length and diameter of rope you want to make. Separate the hemp fibers or uncoil the hemp yarn. Cut it double the length of your desired rope length. Cut as many yarn or fiber of the same length until you have a bunch of them. You would want to stop when the thickness of the bundle has reached the radius of the rope you want.
# Step 2: Hold the bundle of yarn and fold it from the center, reaching your desired diameter.
#Step 3: Secure the fold by inserting the wooden dowel through the loop for reinforcing the shape. Remove the creases from the bundle by running your hand through the length of the cord, and pressing it to level it.
#Step 4: Divide the bundle into two halves. Grab the first half with your left hand and the other half of the fiber by your right hand.
#Step 5: Twist each side of the bundle clockwise. The idea is to create a kink and loop by twisting them. Pull each side as hard as you can during the process.
#Step 6: Twist and wrap the two cords over one another. But this time, make sure you’re wrapping in a counter clock motion.
#Step 7: Tie up both the ends of the rope to secure it. Make an overhand knot by tightly tying and slipping the line through the dowel cylinder rod.
How is hemp rope made
We have already discussed how to make hemp ropes at home. But do you know how to make hemp ropes from raw hemp cultivar? Add another expertise with this section. So, here’s the process.
#Step 1: Harvest the hemp stalk.
#Step 2: Separate the fiber from the hemp bast. Make lengthwise cutting and skin-off the fibrous from it.
#Step 3: Further separate the fiber into woven.
#Step 4: Follow step-1 to step 7 of “how to make hemp rope— do it yourself!” mentioned above.
#Step 5: Coat the rope with black tar to create a strong and durable bond between the bundle of yarns or fibers. The asphalt makes your rope rot-resistance.
#Step 6: Add some mineral oil to the hemp rope to make it last longer in abrasive conditions.
Where can hemp ropes be used
The environmental-friendly hemp rope seeps in almost everywhere traditional ropes are used. They are used in the maritime industry to dock ships. Railways and trucks tie goods with hemp ropes.
Construction sites use it to tie up many structures and manual elevators. Sports stadiums buy hemp ropes to drain-off the dew off the ground. The sturdy, UV resistant hemp ropes stand well against severe conditions like rain and heat, thereby compelling military and industries to go for it.
There’s still no better love story than hunters and hemp ropes. They tie their prey to the abode. If you happen to have a garden, you can tie up your plants. Control your pets with it. Feed the chewy rope to your pets to toughen their teeth. Cats go berserk with their scratching skills. Scratchable hemp ropes will save your furniture and walls.
Although the advent of synthetic ropes ate up hemp rope’s career— we can’t ignore the boatloads of waste and chemicals they produce that are harmful to our environments.
The probable concern has revived hemp rope, and we can find it in CrossFit and gym boxes for climbing. Rock climbers are choosing these non-tensile ropes to furl their flags at harsh mountains like El Cap.
Is there a conspiracy against hemp rope and industry
Many American greats like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson used the lucrative cash crop and its products like hemp rope. But its use suddenly declined after the Marihuana Tax Act 1937. Established hemp farmers and dispensaries started losing grip over the business.
Being a libertarian myself— I believe regulations kill many businesses. Many anti-environment businesses ally with the authorities to capitalize on the opportunity. The act has suffocated the hemp industry and gave rise to similar non-organic companies.
Despite a rich-history with non-toxic background— it’s challenging to decode the exact reason for systemic choking and eradication of hemp. It’s been more than eight decades when North-America hasn’t seen a growing culture— thanks to all the malicious information and disdain pumped into the heads of the people.
Has hemp rope gone legal
Do you know the finished hemp products are legally everywhere? Here’s the catch— making those products is not legal everywhere. Wow! “You can have hemp products, but you can’t grow.” This deserves a bit of applause!
But finally, after decades of struggle, the US President— Donald Trump— signed a farm bill act in 1918 announcing hemp legality at the federal level.
The authorities seem to promote the idea of growing hemp products on your farm. You can start today by getting a hemp growing license.
How to soften your hemp rope
Hemp rope is not rigid with its characters. If you want to soften it, you can soften it— although we don’t know why you need to do it. Softening hemp rope will sweep up some of its strength. You’ll need certain materials to condition the texture of rope.
Materials for softening the rope:
- Your hemp rope
- A vast cauldron or pot
- Electric or gas stove
- Mineral oil
- A piece of old cloth or shmatte.
- An open space to dry your hemp rope piece.
En route to customizing the feel of your hemp rope:
#Step 1: Put your hemp rope in the large pot and place it on the stove. Pour the water and boil the fiber string at least for 100 to 120 minutes. The idea for boiling it for so long is to soften it more.
#Step 2: Pour away the greasy, gunky water from the pot. Pick out the hemp rope and twist it to spring the water.
#Step 3: The rope will get stiff as it dries out. To get it back in bendable form, wrap up the rope in a firm pole (or grounded object), and grab both the ends of the rope. Once caught— push and pull the rope with your hands in the opposite direction. The process will return its malleability and bendability.
#Step 4: The to and fro sliding can cause abrasive tension on the rope. That could lead to excess fibers protruding out from the hemp rope. You can use a lighter to burn ’em off.
#Step 5: Pour mineral oil on a piece of cloth. Apply the cloth throughout the body of hemp rope. Running the cord through the oily rag will finally give a smooth-touch to the hemp.
How to prevent hemp rope from rotting
Hemp fiber, akin to any other fiber, can rot anytime. Dirt and dust on the surface and the rope’s body create abrasion on the hemp fiber. To avoid spoiling, you’d want to clean your hemp rope thoroughly.
Don’t overwash or keep it in water— we don’t want to condition the rope. And yes, dry it out in a natural open space before stashing it in a clean place.
Can I make a stretchable hemp rope
Hemp ropes are life-saving ropes because they are reliable and non-stretchable. Making it stretchable will be like killing its most valuable property. For elastic and stretchable ropes, go for bungee jumping ropes made up of extremely durable rubber.
Can I make hemp rope waterproof
We get your frustration when your hemp bracelets or decorative nautical go wet. They smell stinky, and the gunky rope annoys to the core. But you can make your hemp rope waterproof.
Well, that’s hard to believe, but “Preserve your memories spray” lets you do it. You simply have to place your rope on a table or a flat surface and spray the chemical as a waterproof coating. And you’re done! This way— you can preserve thin hemp ropes used in science models, exteriors, and interiors of your house.
Please note that the density of hemp rope is more than water. So, it will sink in water. The spray will not make it float. There’s a difference between waterproofing and floating.
Does hemp rope have THC
No. Hemp is a cute-little, straightforward child of the cannabis family. Unlike its psychoactive cousins— hemp ropes have no toxic chemicals in it. More so, the reason why we question the social stigma around it.
What difference will hemp rope make in your life
Ohh, we have already mentioned tons of ways by which hemp ropes can benefit you or your family. There’s a little to no doubt that you’ll save a lot of money because of its durability.
You can use hemp skipping ropes, or hemp rope mat for workout sessions or Hemp rope for decorating flower vases, effigies, customized anklets, and threaded beads. Hemp ropes can withstand all your creativity.
We expect the hemp rope market to go big in the coming time, as the concept of sustainability is throttled in the United States. You can set-up your business around to see an early blooming of your start-up.