We use traditional Japanese methods to make our "baby-safe" organic fibers.

Hemp

The hemp is a kind of traditional fibre transmitted from the Jomon Period.
Traditionally it had familiar use in a variety of textile methods.

Common usage of hemp has disappeared, though in recent times it has happily been remembered as an environmentally conscious, extremely versatile material.

Through the use of making clothes with this special material, we take advantage of its characteristics delivering comfortable and friendly living to our customers.

[ Hemp's attributes ]

Hemp's attributes1 There is no electrostatic propensity and it's difficult for static electricity to occur.
Hemp's attributes2 Strong and supple. Strong mildew and pests.
Hemp's attributes3 Cool in summer, warm in winter.
Hemp's attributes4 Absorbs sweat, dries quickly and is highly breathable.
Hemp's attributes5 Protects the skin from ultraviolet rays.
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What is hemp?

What are its benefits and why do Keiko and her team emphasize using it at LunatiCanapa?

Keiko : A friend living near a power station advised I sleep covered by a piece of hemp.

There is a proverb “thunder runs from the mosquito net when you hear it” It is therefore long accepted in Japan that hemp doesn't conduct electricity through the body so people could sleep easy during thunderstorms. Also just in entering a mosquito net of hemp would help keep you safe. A Buddhist priest would wear a shoulder-worn robe and to protect the body from malarial air.” I was fascinated to hear all this, and was the beginning of me wanting to work with hemp.

It is also seen to defend against myriad harmful and/or strange waves in the atmosphere, some we’re aware of (wifi/phone networks), others we perhaps aren't. Wouldn't we like our clothes to keep out unnatural energies?

We recommend them for baby and pregnant woman.




Hemp in the context of Japan

History of human uses of hemp is very long, spanning many countries and cultures.This plant was with people lives for a long time. It is unfortunately nowadays misconceived, since its prohibition in many countries over the last few decades and various inaccurate associations portrayed by the media. However, hemp is overcoming this, experiencing a huge revival in the eco-friendly fashion and lifestyle industries.

The Japanese word for hemp is "osa" and "oasa", or "o" or "so" (the ‘o’prefix denotes it as sacred). Therehas long been a desire in humans of myriad cultures of connecting the self with divine things (deva), also of the self to think collectively with his fellow human beings. For hemp in the context of Japan we can look to ideas of this in Shinto Buddhism; there is one appeasement of the spirits in a rope of hemp of the*Suzunawa*; a sacred tree, *Onusa* used for a purification ceremony and *Ise-jingu*. In fact, when visiting the shrines still now, it's possible to lay eyes on different examples of its use.

In the Japanese home we use hemp fiber for Tatami mats, also the thong of Japanese wooden clogs, a handle of a bow, a kite string, a mosquito net, even a Kimono.It conveniently has difficulty igniting, and for this possesses deep roots in Japanese culture, for its use in *Hikeshi* (traditional firefighter dress), evenunderwear at the time of war. Hemp was used for the paper of old books such as the Bible that remained for a history and sail and the rope of sailing boats around the world.

It is easy to see in today’s world the connection of people with nature has been cut off. Although hemp is easy to cultivate, simple and versatile, in modern times we have seen more ’convenience’ by opting instead to use chemical oil fibers, much to the detriment of the natural environment. Lunati Canapa atelier allows this lost connectedness feel open once again just by wear. We believe our dyeing process increases the natural botanical energies. Will this natural energy transfer to you while you wear? We think so, and predict a pleasant mood for you as you wear your hemp.

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