Industrial hemp is one of the oldest agricultural crops on Earth and it has been used to make thousands of different products.
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Woman Spinning Hemp is a rare early watercolour by the famous Dutch painter Piet Mondrian (1872-1944). Mondrian made this in about 1900, before his abstract works which famously feature red, yellow and blue squares against a black and white grid.
Hemp in Russia
This card from 1889 by the New York roasting company Arbuckle’s Coffee is part of a series of fifty cards which show unique qualities of various countries in the world. This collection of cards from the Russian Empire does not only show the Winter Palace of the Tsar in Saint Petersburg (The Hermitage) but also the cultivation of hemp and flax.