Three textile manufacturers from Pakistan admitted that they’ve started producing denim fabrics from mixing hemp with cotton. Based on the South Asia Investor Review, US Denim, Lahore; Artistic Milliners, Karachi; and Farooq Spinning Mills have all said that they’re embarking on denim production which entails hemp.
After launching a hemp measure in 2020, the Pakistani administration has asserted that hemp could be significant cotton production replacement. Pakistani cotton industry is declining in the country as growers are opting for other cash crops because of low prices and dominance of low-quality seed. Initially, Pakistan was the biggest global cotton yarn exporter and the 4th largest cotton producer across the planet after India, USA, and China.
Artistics Milliners’ collection of IntelliJeans entails cottonized hemp currently acquired from China. The cloth line is being advertised as naturally microbial and sustainable. Being a worldwide corporation that began as a vertically incorporated denim maker, AM runs a Dubai-based user experience platform, a Shoo-located innovation incubator and Los Angeles-based manufacturing plant.
The denim fabric mill, US Denim, supplies to the Fashion landscape through partnerships with leading global brands, such as H&M, Levi’s and Marks & Spencer. Its cloth lines aim at sustainability, biodegradable and feature recycled fibers such as hemp. Other commodities use recycled polyester, elastane and cotton.
Asad Farooq from Farooq Spinning recently told the BBC that his firm was making plans to start mass production for companies from the United States.
To support the efforts in Pakistan’s hemp textiles, researchers from the Agriculture University at Faisaland are crafting sustainable blends featuring hemp.
Last September, the Pakistani government authorized hemp cultivation and processing suggesting that the industry could become a $1billion market in the coming three years. Marijuana production fields are being launched in Islamabad, Chakwal, Peshawar and Jhelum.
Although the government is currently regulating hemp production, there are plans to let private ventures and growers enter the market later.