Hemp - a fiber hemp stalks. They are highly resistant to salt water and excellent durability. Because of these properties hemp used for the manufacture of marine ropes. Also because it is made of fabric, mostly sacking, ropes and rope. In Russia penkopryadenie spread from the middle of the XVIII century. First production was artisanal and then acquired a factory character.
In the Middle Ages, hemp was used as armor that with luck could sustain saber blow. And during the Crimean War hemp ropes loopholes defended fortifications.