As it suggests, Bamboo clothing is clothing made from Bamboo fibers. It is also known as Bamboo rayon or Bamboo viscose. Bamboo leaves and the inner pith of the bamboo trunk are crushed and soaked in a natural enzyme solution, resulting in the formation of bamboo fibers. These fibers are then combed out and spun into yarn and used to make extremely soft clothing.¹
Grows naturally without the need for fertilizers
Amazing growth rate – very few plants grow at the same rate as Bamboo
3X softer than cotton and breathable
By giving Bamboo clothing a place in our wardrobe, we can positively encourage further uptake of bamboo cultivation by farming communities. This in turn will have a positive impact as Bamboo is a highly versatile crop – with application in furniture, construction and in clothing- meaning there is very little waste. Additionally, bamboo cultivation has environmental and social impact as it aids in soil protection and provides economic development in less developed countries.¹ ²
Why Bamboo has not become popular?
(Based on our consumer research)
“Not aware of bamboo clothing”
“Don’t know the benefits of Bamboo clothing”
“Opens up after single wash”
Feather-like softness (3x softer than cotton)
Bamboo Clothing is made from bamboo leaves and the inner pith of the bamboo trunk. These are crushed and soaked in a natural enzyme solution, resulting in the formation of bamboo fibers. These fibers are then combed out and spun into yarn and used to make extremely soft clothing
Bamboo rayon or Bamboo viscose follows the common manufacturing process of viscose. This involves dissolving cellulosic material (in this case Bamboo but it can also be made from other natural fibers such as wood, cotton etc.) in a chemical solution to produce a pulpy viscose substance. Traditionally this process was considered harmful as most chemicals used in this conversion were not reused or recaptured being released directly into the environment. However, current day manufacturing practices follow closed-loop manufacturing techniques that recaptured at reuse the majority of the chemicals involved in converting Bamboo from fiber to yarn. Additionally, we at Woodwose work with manufacturers that are certified by GOTS (https://global-standard.org/), the world’s leading organic textile standard.
Yes, Bamboo is highly sustainable as a commercial crop. It requires very little water to grow, does not require pesticide, absorbs 5 times more carbon dioxide than similar plants and is naturally regenerating. All of these benefits make Bamboo a highly sustainable agriculture crop.
Bamboo fabric is super soft, highly breathable and highly moisture wicking. All of these make bamboo the ideal fabric to use for lounge wear and skin touching garments given its natural softness and comfort properties. Additionally, given that it is highly moisture wicking and breathable, it is a perfect garment to wear on hot summer days as it quickly wicks moisture away from the wearer’s skin and allows natural airflow offering the wearer comfort
* Note – While bamboo clothing is moisture wicking, it is NOT quick drying which means that it is not ideal for high intensity sports activities. However, they would be ideal for less intense physical activities such as yoga, walking etc.
Our Bamboo clothing is produced with the highest quality standards which means that it will not shrink or pill after multiple washes. However, the best method to maintain bamboo clothing is to gently wash it in cold water (machine or hand) and to line-dry. This will ensure longevity of the product and will help it retain its natural softness and sheen.
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