Camira’s innovative Hemp

Global textile innovator Camira is pleased to announce its Hemp fabric has been accepted into prestigious Material ConneXion’s library of innovative materials.

Hemp is an innovative bast fiber upholstery fabric manufactured from a blend of 60-per-cent pure new wool and 40-per-cent harvested hemp. Available in 25 naturally inspired shades, Hemp is a totally renewable, compostable and sustainable fabric. Camira has ensured the supply chain integrity of this product by going direct to the start, growing its own hemp crops ready for blending with wool. The wool hemp yarn is blended and spun locally before weaving by Camira. Finally the fabric is dyed using non-metallic dyestuffs. Hemp is inherently flame retardant without the requirement for FR chemicals, post treatments or backcoating, and comes with the backing of Camira’s five-year manufacturer wear warranty.

Material ConneXion is made up of an international panel of creative professionals that use materials intelligence to help companies innovate. It provides a comprehensive overview of today’s innovative material solutions, and identify trends for particular industries. Its library contains over 7,000 innovative and sustainable materials and there are offices in New York, Bangkok, Beijing, Cologne, Daegu, Istanbul, Milan, Seoul and Shanghai, as well as a strong presence on the internet. Says Paul Bennotti, director of Business Development for Camira, “Camira is extremely proud our Hemp fabric has been recognized by the independent judging panel to achieve the environmental credentials required to be successfully accredited to the Material ConneXion Certificate of Excellence.”


Camira designs and manufactures the most innovative, adventurous and environmentally sensitive fabrics across a variety of price points for commercial offices, hospitality, government, institutional interiors, healthcare, cinema and auditoria.

Camira is an independent UK textile company with two manufacturing facilities in England (in Huddersfield and Nottingham) and a mainland European manufacturing plant in Lithuania.

The company’s North America operation is centered in Indianapolis, where it holds stocked inventory and operates a cut yardage program for rapid distribution throughout North America.

The company was originally founded in 1974 as Camborne Fabrics and Camira was borne out of a management buy-out in April 2006, taking the company back into independent ownership.

Camira employs about 450 staff and sells some 11 million yards of fabric annually generating a turnover of approximately $80 million.

The company has been independently recognized for outstanding product innovation and environmental stewardship, gaining Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in Innovation (2005) and Sustainable Development (2010).

Camira is registered to ISO 9001 (quality standard), ISO 14001 (environmental management) and OSHAS 18001 (health & safety).

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