Industrial hemp has strong, durable fibers naturally resistant to rotting, mold, mildew, heat, insects and UV light. Hemp has been used to make sails, rope, cordage, fish lines, canvas, and clothing. Christopher Columbus sailed to the Americas on ships with hemp sails and hemp rope.
Hemp rope was strong enough to move the giant limestone blocks to build the Egyptian pyramids.
Yet can also be spun into delicate fabric similar to linen or raw silk, such as the Japanese kimono.