As the premier plant fiber, True Hemp or Cannabis sativa has served mankind for thousands of years. This venerable fiber has always been valued for its strength and durability. Materials made from hemp have been discovered in tombs dating back to 8,000 B.C.E.
In 2004 I made my first Hemp Tipi, in response to my growing awareness of the toxicity of the treated cotton canvas which I had been using exclusively since I began making Tipis in 1997. I had become especially concerned about the flame-resistant chemicals in this canvas. I discovered in my research that the whole cotton industry is one of THE most toxic industries on the planet! (In the top 5). I absolutely LOVE working with Hemp! It is beautiful, easy to handle and makes a superior Tipi. The quality of light that you experience inside a Hemp Tipi is so ALIVE compared to the treated cotton.