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Re: [BKARTS] Hemp Cord

Ah.   I remember now!
Thanks.   I stand corrected!  Sorry.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Susan Fatemi" <susanf@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, March 25, 2003 12:19 PM
Subject: Re: [BKARTS] Hemp Cord

> At 09:12 AM 3/25/2003 -0500, you wrote:
> >It's my understanding that hemp fibers deteriorate over time whereas flax
> >fibers do not.  I've read that people who make hooked rugs should not use
> >hemp/burlap fabric as a rug base for that reason.
> I have to chime in here: there's no connection between hemp and
> burlap. Burlap is made from jute, and does deteriorate fairly
> quickly (you can plant things still wrapped in burlap and it will
> just rot away).
> Hemp is a completely different plant and fiber, cannabis sativa.
> It is resistant to mildew, sun-rot, etc. Sailing ship sails were
> made from hemp, which was considered superior to canvas made
> from linen and certainly cotton. Supposedly, the original distributed
> copies of the Declaration of Independence were printed on hemp
> paper (there's irony for you).
> I know many of the organizations in this country currently touting
> the benefits of hemp have a drug agenda, but it really is a wonderful
> fiber.
> Susan Fatemi
> susanf@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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