There is an urban legend that hemp canvas was used to make the very first pair of Levi’s jeans. Hemp is an easy to grow fiber which requires no irrigation, no fertilizers, no herbicides and no chemicals. Significantly, it also uses 50% or even less water than cotton in cultivation.
Differentiation is the key in the highly-competitive denim industry and the manufacturer of textile machinery A. Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG, Mönchengladbach/Germany, has assisted customers with trials and optimized processing parameters for a range of different fibers, including hemp, both at its Advanced Technology Centre (ATC) in Germany and at their own mills around the world.
The company has a dominant position in the field of denim finishing with its well proven Montex stenters. It has been enjoying further recent success with its Eco Line concept based on 2 key technology advances – the Eco Applicator and the Thermo Stretch. The latest Monforts innovation for denim is the CYD yarn dyeing system. This technology is based on the effective and established dyeing process for denim fabrics that is now being applied for yarn dyeing.
The CYD system also integrates new functions and processes into the weaving preparation processes – spinning, direct beaming, warping and assembly beaming, followed by sizing and dyeing – to increase quality, ﬂexibility, economic viability and productivity. A full CYD line is now available for trials at the ATC.