Caption: The Yin Yang Basic Tee is printed on light weight basic tee for a vintage feel.
JUNGMAVEN grew out of these roots of simplicity and sustainability.
In the early ’90’s JUNGMAVEN founder, Robert Jungmann, who is based in Vancouver, Washington, became passionate about putting a stop to clear-cutting practices that devastate the planet– and knew growing hemp offered a solution to this, as well as to many other environmental issues. At that time, hemp was not considered fashion, and Rob’s concept to design a high-quality hemp tee was born from a determination to get the industry and the public to recognize both hemp’s massive potential to heal the planet and to become a fashion-forward textile.
The focus at JUNGMAVEN is to raise awareness about the many uses of hemp, and why its regenerative qualities make it a desirable alternative to finite, natural resources that are less healthy for the environment.
Robert Jungmann is a founding member of the Hemp Industries Association– a group formed in 1994 and instrumental in the legalization of industrial hemp. Their work directly led to the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill which was a giant win for hemp– making it legal to grow again in the United States for the first time since 1937.
This step was a new beginning for hemp, and while the US hemp industry is now headed in a good direction–it isn’t yet producing enough to meet production demands for JUNGMAVEN garments.
Apart from the on-going legislative battle to eliminate legal obstacles that keep hemp farms from thriving– farmers themselves are still building systems and perfecting the elements of processing: harvesting, retting, cleaning, spinning, knitting, cutting, sewing, and dying. The cotton industry has been prioritized for so long, while hemp was illegal, and only now is hemp able to start catching up in regards to streamlined manufacturing processes.
Since cotton has dominated the fashion industry for much of the last century, new manufacturing and knitting methods adapted for hemp need to be implemented. JUNGMAVEN has been key in this process and in building the infrastructure of hemp knitting in the US– leading to hemp textiles becoming much more widely available.
As US knitters become more adept at working with the hemp yarn– it positively affects the whole hemp production system, creating demand for farmers and making hemp textiles more available. JUNGMAVEN currently knits a quarter of its fabric in the United States, and have paved the way for other brands to do the same. Encouraging domestic knitting of hemp is a critical step forward that will ensure hemp becomes a viable textile in mainstream fashion.