Product of the Week – 100% Hemp Dharma Bags

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These 100% hemp bags are available in a variety of sizes and colors and what we love most is they are made right here in Taos, NM and by some dear friends of ours. They are extremely comfortable to carry due to the wide shoulder strap and again, come in a wide range of styles and colors.

Ruth Fahrbach, the “Hemptress”/owner and friend, has been making these bags since 1999, way before a lot of us even knew about hemp! What’s impressive is she is still at it and sells them in shops all over the country!

The “Hemptress” Story

Hemptress is a name that just seemed right for a woman who owns a hemp business. When owning any business, the affirmation must be “no stress.” What remained is tress, hemptress. We know that hemp hair (decorticated fiber) is the strongest fiber on the planet.

Ruth Fahrbach’s (aka the “Hemptress”) roots are in Wisconsin soils: hardy Midwestern stock. There is still a defunct hemp factory in Sun Prairie, southern Wisconsin, from the days of WWII production of  “Hemp for Victory.” Volunteer crops of hemp grow throughout the Midwestern states.

She was born on February 15th 1948, the year of the Rat.   At fourteen, I left home for a classical training with the School Sisters of Notre Dame for five years.  I learned how to use a pattern and sew from my sister Kay when I was sixteen.  Hemptress sewed the first 150 Dharma Bags. It gave me a perspective of what it takes to make such a clever and practical bag.  Now Rachael Ananda is the seamstress for all the bags produced by Taos Hemp.

In 1974 she began my life out West. I was sheepherding for a few ranchers in Utah and Colorado in the early 1980’s before heading to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1983 to study massage therapy at the Dr. Scherer Academy of Natural Healing.  I am a licensed massage therapist in New Mexico.

Once she built my off-grid solar hogan west of Taos in 1994, she took time to travel to India, Thailand, Nepal and Tibet. She returned from Thailand in 1999 and begin Taos Hemp.  The Dharma Bags were modeled after a cotton bag she found in Bodhgaya, India.  Dharma bags are 100%  hemp: hand dyed, cut and sewn, and featured on this e-commerce site.

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