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Bringing softness to hemp in denim

Tencel Limited Edition initiative is exploring the use of alternative raw materials.

26th May 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Milan, Italy

Clothing/​Footwear, Sustainable

Fifty exclusive oversized women’s denim shirts are to be made available to buyers at the Coreva Design Store in Milan, Italy, representing the first fruits of a research project between fibre producer Lenzing and denim manufacturer Candiani.

They are based on Coreva, Candiani’s biodegradable stretch denim made from Tencel Limited Edition yarns containing 20% hemp fibre.

The limited-edition fabric will also be available at Candiani’s Custom Microfactory in Milan for those who want personalised jeans.

Hemp is recognised as a highly sustainable fibre and an alternative to many classic fibres used in fabrics, but unfortunately, is equally known for its roughness.

By applying Lenzing’s closed-loop manufacturing process, hemp, in combination with wood pulp, has been transformed into a soft fibre for the first time.

“We are excited to see what customers think about products made with this new Tencel Limited Edition hemp fibre,” said Caroline Ledl, head of textile product management at the Lenzing Group. “We invented the Tencel Limited Edition initiative in 2021 to explore the use of alternative raw materials such as hemp or orange pulp in textile production. We wanted to push the traditional boundaries of fibre production by leveraging natural resources and value working with like-minded companies such as Candiani Denim who have similar environmental goals to ours.”

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