History of Hemp Clothing
Hemp fibre was used to make cloth long before agriculture, nine to fifty thousand years ago. It may also be one of the earliest plants to have been cultivated. An archeological site in the Oki Island near Japan contained cannabis from about 8000 BC, probably signifying use of the plant. Hemp use archaeologically dates back to the neolithic age in China, with hemp fibre imprints found on Yangshao culture pottery dating from the 5th BC. The Chinese later used hemp to make clothes, shoes, ropes, and an early form of paper. The classical Greek historian Herodes (ca. 480 BC) reported that the inhabitants of Scythia would often inhale the vapours of hemp-seed smoke, both as ritual and for their own pleasurable recreation. Hemp cultivation dates back to the beginnings of recorded history. Its first use was as food for humans and animals in Ancient China and India. Its fibre then became indispensable for making many necessary items.