Benefits of Bamboo Fabric
Bamboo has many great qualities and we first fell in love with it as a fabric as it has many of the qualities of silk but you can wash it!
Luxuriously soft: Bamboo Viscose fabric is superbly soft and feels like a combination of silk and cotton. In some of our fabrics we have combined the bamboo fibres with brushed cotton to product an ultra soft fabric against the skin.
Regulates body temperature: Bamboo Viscose fabric helps to regulate body temperate helping you to stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. We have a range of fabric knits and weights to suit different uses and the changing seasons. Bamboo Viscose fabric is a popular choice for menopausal women given it body regulating qualities and ability to wick moisture from the body.
Moisture Wicking: Bamboo fabric is three to four times more absorbent than cotton, allowing it to wick and absorb perspiration away from the body, keeping you dry, comfortable and clean all day long. You will notice this when you hang it out on the line to dry; it will be heavier than an equivalent cotton garment as it has the ability to hold on to more moisture.
Kind to Skin: The naturally smooth fibers of bamboo fabric lie flat against the skin, limiting skin irritation and sensitivity. In fact this is the very quality that led us to source this fabric; as much as I love wool and it has some fantastic qualities I find I can not wear it as it causes irritation.
Environmental Benefits of Bamboo
Not only is it delightful for us to wear Bamboo Viscose also offers some environmental benefits:
Prevents soil erosion: Bamboo can grow in poor quality soil, making an easy crop to grow in areas where other crops may not survive. As the grass is cut off at the base and not cultivated each year this prevents soil erosion.
Saves on water: Bamboo is able to grow with very little water and frequently requires no irrigation unlike Cotton.
Less pesticides: Unlike many other crops Bamboo has no natural pests and diseases; this is why Bamboo can be grown organically without the use of pesticides and herbicides.
Sustainable: Many gardeners will resonate with the fact that Bamboo grows extremely quickly! Whilst this might not be ideal in your back garden it is perfect for growing a commercial crop on poor soil. No fertilisers are required to ensure the crop grows.
Removes Greenhouse Gases: There have been extensive studies on grasses that can mitigate climate change. Studies have found that it is not only the size of the tree/plant but also the rate at which is grows which impact the amount of CO2 that it can take up. Bamboo plants have been recorded growing at a rate of 1.2 metres per day meaning it is a great plant to absorb CO2 in the atmosphere.
However, it should be noted making Bamboo Grass into a useable yarn does currently involve a chemical process so the benefits need be weighed up with the disadvantages. This is way Bamboo Fabric must be sold as Bamboo Viscose in the UK. Viscose is a term used where cellulose fibres are re-processed to form a fabric. Other examples of viscose fabrics are Modal which is re-processed Beech trees.
Care and Dyeing of Bamboo Fabric
Washing Bamboo Fabric:
We recommend a cool setting up to 40 degrees and gentle drying without the use of a tumble dryer. We advise not to use fabric conditioners as this can impair the moisture wicking qualities of the fabric.
Because the Bamboo holds water content we recommend folding double layers over a washing line to prevent stretching. When wet it is more delicate than cotton and we would recommend the use of a laundry bag.
Cool iron only (due to the Elastane).
We are using the fabric commercially to manufacture garments in the UK and have not experience much shrinkage. If you are making one off garments we would recommend washing before hand as some of the heavier fabrics (such as the 285g sweat fabric) can shrink up to 5%.
Dyeing Bamboo Fabric:
Bamboo Fabrics take up Dye extremely well as you will from our printed fabrics. If you want to create your own print or colour the fabrics offer an ideal base.