Real Cannabis Fiber Hemp in two-ply 25 gram rolls is nearly the same weight, but much stronger and more moisture resistant then the yellow and black linen (cloth) commonly used these days. You can use it dry or coat it with hemp wax, as I do for my pipes and practice chanter, making it last a lot longer. Even without applying wax, Cannabis Fiber Hemp swells less than linen when wet and is notably less prone to rot, making it perfect for bagpipes and practice chanters. When hemp became illegal in the 1930s, linen was substituted. Linen is not as suitable and does not last nearly as long as Real Cannabis Fiber Hemp, which has had a long history of use in bagpipes.
My supplier sources his hemp from Rhomania which has longer fibers, resulting in a notably stronger and much higher quality product than previously imported from China. This hemp is unbleached and in its natural tan color, which I think tends to blend in with the color of the bagpipe much better.
I've used the hemp previously imported from China for a number of years in my own pipes and practice chanter and it performed exceedingly well but the Hemp now imported from Rhomania is a notably superior product. I'm personally sold and spoiled by this product and can't imagine ever going back to the standard yellow or black waxed or unwaxed hemp of today.
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Best hemp I've ever used. Very strong and when used with Ron's wax recipe can't be beaten.