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In thing: Cannabis clothing

Clothing company Union Hemp has hit upon an eco-friendly poor man's linen for the Nineties: hemp. The fabric is spun from the cannabis plant, but won't get you stoned since THC is removed.

It's three times the strength of cotton, a khaki colour in its natural state.

Fabric is bought abroad (the company will not say who its, er, dealer is) and garments are made here.

The clothes include hippy designs such as a 'spliff shirt and the 'grass skirt. Best bet are the bootlaces (above) at pounds 2 a pair.

Union Hemp clothes, mail order from Union Hemp, 14 South Gallery, Exchange St, Sheffield S25TR. 0742 766234 for a catalogue.

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