Bast crops (flax, nettle, hemp) form an integral part of the Lithuanian culture with underlying deep traditions. From the ancient times they were used for weaving and food; songs were sung and folk tales were told about them.
Aiming to return hemp to the Lithuanian national heritage and to revive the forgotten tradition (to sow, to reap, to make fiber, to spin, to weave and to extract oil from seeds – everything by hand) a field of hemp had been sown by hand, first time after the restoration of Lithuanian independence in 1990. The sowing was accompanied by ancient Lithuanian rituals – purification of the field by burning wormwood and juniper, ritual singing, bonfires. This beautiful new tradition was called, as in a well-known song, “I was sowing hemp”.