Bamboo Fabric FAQ
Bamboo textiles have many fantastic properties that combined make this a truely amazing fabric. It is breathable and cool, has a nice lustre; extremely soft; fast water absorption performance; and anti-bacterial.
1. I've heard that Bamboo fabric is rather absorbent. Just how absorbent is it?
In various tests, bamboo fibre has been found to be approximately 60% more water absorbent than cotton. This makes it similar in absorption to Hemp.
2. People say bamboo fabric is silky and soft but isn't bamboo a woody plant?
When people think of bamboo they usually think of the hard bamboo that is used in construction and landscaping. Bamboo Fabric though is luxuriously soft with what has been described as a similar feel to cashmere. Bamboo cloth is an indulgence with its wonderful silky softness
3. Why does bamboo fabric work well in gym wear/active wear?
For one it draws moisture away from the skin and has a cooling effect. It is naturally anti-bacterial and will not hold odour. These anti bacterial qualities have obvious applications for active wear. Like other natural fibers, it allows the body to breathe as the fabric absorbs the sweat away from the body.
4. I'm a fashion design student. How does bamboo fit in our modern fashion world?
Bamboo fibers are quickly emerging now in the fashion world. The fabric woven with bamboo yarn is light, almost translucent and softer than cotton. It has a natural sheen that feels like silk or cashmere but has the advantage of being machine-washable. Bamboo fibres take up colour well when dyed. Some bamboo fabrics also have fantastic drape. The variety of fabrics that can be made from bamboo fibre are numerous including hand wovens, terrycloths, jerseys, fleece and velour.
5. Is bamboo good for people with allergies?
This natural fiber is hypoallergenic, meaning it has a decreased tendency to cause allergies.
6. Why is bamboo claimed to be better for the environment than other natural fibres?
For starters, it is fast-growing--the type of bamboo used for making fabric, commonly known as Moso, can reach a mature height of 75 feet in just 45 to 60 days. Bamboo not only grows quickly but rarely needs pesticides. If there is sufficient rainfall, no additional irrigation is required. It regenerates naturally through an extensive root system that sends out an average of four to six new shoots per year.
Anyone who has ever planted bamboo in their backyard knows it grows fast and abundant. It can be harvested and harvested and it will grow again and again. And when your bamboo garment finishes it's useful life, it can be returned to the earth, as it is 100% biodegradable.
Bamboo fabric is not widely known, but considering these benefits, there is a considerable and growing market for bamboo fabric products.
7. I hear bamboo is used in areas besides fabric production. Can you tell me more?
Bamboo is the fastest growing timber plant on earth, with many applications as a wood substitute. Traditionally thought of as the poor man's timber, bamboo has in recent years emerged as a much sought after timber for industrial applications and environmental enhancement. It is a multipurpose plant with numerous uses. In particular bamboo is useful for combating erosion and for rapidly greening barren land areas. Bamboo has been used in China for thousands of years to make all kinds of everyday products, including textiles, building materials, and home wares. There are over 1,000 documented uses for bamboo.
8. Why are some of the Jersey Knit fabrics made in a tubular fashion?
Generally for knitting,the manufacturers use a flat knit and tubeler knitting machine ,with the tubular process they can get a finer quality jersey.In these knit fabrics,they have a stripe along the length from where you can cut the fabric to make flat. Also this makes a more manageable size for cutting as well.