Bamboo textiles

July 19, 2006

“The technology of making cloth from bamboo is surprisingly recent. Developed by Beijing University in 2002 companies are starting to make clothing using this wonder material. In addition to its organic and sustainable benefits, bamboo fabric feels incredibly soft. It is antibacterial, antifungal and antistatic, properties which are retained even after repeated washings. The weave is exceptionally good at wicking moisture away from the body, and the fabric will keep you a few degrees warmer in winter and cooler in summer. And it’s biodegradable. Got your attention?” (via Coolhunting)

Bamboo in textile form got my attention last summer, when I bought a drapey faux wrap top from APC. The knit had an unusual texture and was slightly stiff, and was surprised to find it was composed of “100% Bambou.” Though Bam Clothing makes basic tees and the like, it is great to know that this textile can be used in many different functions and kinds of clothing. Though worn often, the shirt has hardly aged a day since I bought it. Handwashed, it retains its shape and consistency, and definitely passes muster. (Read more here to be convinced).

Bamboo has really gotten ahead in the past couple years first as an alternative building material in flooring, furniture design (etc.) for its rapid regrowth and green factor, and slowly is permeating the fashion industry. I hope to be wearing more of it soon.


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