Bamboo Fibre – The Fabric of 21st Century
When you start thinking of bamboo you will start with imagining panda or baboon forests, landscaping and about construction industry etc. Rarely would it ever occur to you that bamboo may also have a use as a fabric, and that to an extremely exquisite one. Employing very eco-friendly and natural techniques of processing the bamboo fibre can be turned into a fabric which exceeds cotton in its softness and silk in its drape. Further advantages of bamboo fibre include inexpensiveness, durability and eco-friendliness due to the minimal amount of signature that its formation leaves on the environment; which is less than organic cotton when compared.
Apart from this, bamboo fabric can be used in all four seasons of the years and it is compatible with all sorts of skin; sensitive or not. In summers it offers features like high absorption capabilities and non-stickiness with your skin. The natural pores that exist in the bamboo fibre allow for excellent ventilation of air and therefore, bamboo cloth can keep you cool even during the hottest of the days. All these properties were associated with cotton but when we look closely they exist more in bamboo cloth than in any other fabric.
Getting bamboo for making fibre and processing it has the minimum amount of effect on the environment and therefore the fabric formed from bamboo fibre is graded green and eco-friendly. Whereas most of the forests would take as long as over 60 years for recovering completely, an average bamboo forest has the ability to fully recover in three years at max. This keeps the environmentalists away from raising slogans against it and ensures sustainability as well. With every growth cycle, the carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are consumed by bamboo plants to grow up again, which means that it is actually cleaning up the environment.
Unlike cotton, which is the prime source of fabrics nowadays, there is no need of using chemical pesticides on bamboo. In fact, “bamboo kun” which is thought to be an excellent anti-bacterial substance and bacteriostasis bio-agent can be mixed with bamboo fibre during the process of its formation. This adds anti-bacterial properties to the bamboo fabric which stays on it quite permanently even after washing scores of times. And unlike the addition of anti-bacterial agents with other fabrics, bamboo kun is complementary for all skin types and does not develop any sort of irritations.
The use of bamboo fibre for making fabrics and clothes is on the rise these days. With textile industry previously been over-taken completely by the people ignorant to the environment and health of their consumers, now things are moving into the right direction. Due to the added pressure from environmental enthusiasts and growing awareness about consumer benefits, textile owners have to use eco-friendly and human health friendly materials like bamboo to fashion out clothes now. Bamboo fibre can be rich in colours and the exquisite touch of softness, absorption, durability and anti-bacterial properties make it stand out clearly among all its rivals.
Bamboo fabrics are so cool and well ventilated that they received a title of “Air-Conditioning Dress”. Bamboo fibre absorbs the sweat very well during the hot spells and is able to dry quickly. Plus it is very soft and does not get stuck with your skin during really warm and humid conditions. The ability of being processed with anti-bacterial and deodorizing substances makes it very safe for health and for use by people with all skin types. Although, unlike most of its competitors, bamboo has no long history of being used as an eco-friendly fabric yet it has become one of the most important ones in today’s context.
Bamboo fabric is really making it to the lime light now as more and more fashion designers – who call themselves eco-fashion designers – revert to bamboo fabric to be used in their fashion collections. The greatest use of bamboo fabric has been made in making baby garments and linens due to the softness and absorption that it offers. Even lingerie today is being manufactured from bamboo fabric due to its cotton like comfort and silk like feel. It is also used in fashioning yoga pants due to the kind of unique comfort it offers that you need to focus completely.