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#Whatsinmyclothes: Astonishing Bamboo

Updated: Nov 29, 2020

We are used to a few materials in our wardrobe like cotton and polyester. Yet, bamboo is starting to get its share in the fashion industry. Let us see why.

Historically in Asia, bamboo was used for the hand-made production of paper. But thanks to modern manufacturing, bamboo pulp is now capable of creating bamboo fibre which can be used to make yarn and fabric. Bamboo fabric is a natural textile made from the pulp of the bamboo grass, the bamboo fibre is then made by pulping the bamboo grass until it separates into thin threads of fibre, which is then spun and dyed for weaving into cloth.

Even the fashion industry which is obviously known for its concern in creating style and setting new trends has incorporated ways to be more environmentally friendly. With the growing popularity of a new fabric made of bamboo, designers have slowly begun to use bamboo fabric in many of their upcoming collections.

A characteristic of bamboo fibre is such that it absorbs moisture due to micro-gaps and static electricity is hard to be generated. Bamboo fibre does not contain free electron and thus it is antistatic, so it fits very well next to the human skin but not clinging it. It flows lightly over the body. It is both anti-bacterial and deodorising in nature. Moreover, it is hypoallergenic: natural bamboo does not cause allergic reactions. Since the fibres are without chemical treatment, they are naturally smoother and rounder with no sharp spurs to irritate the skin, making bamboo fabric hypoallergenic and perfect for those who experience allergic reactions to other natural fibres. On that same note, bamboo is also antibacterial and anti-fungal. This is because bamboo possesses an anti-bacteria and bacteriostatic bio-agent called "Bamboo Kun", allowing it to naturally flourish and grow in the wild without the use of pesticides or fertilisers. This beneficial quality of the plant remains in its textile form, killing all bacteria keeping the wearer feeling fresher and odour free for longer, making the garment healthier and more hygienic.

Product of bamboo fibre is eco-friendly and biodegradable. Indeed, the utilisation of bamboo fibres as a reinforcement in composite materials has increased in the recent years responding to the demand for developing biodegradable, sustainable and recyclable materials. It is softer than cotton, with a texture like a blend of cashmere and silk. You will love the way it feels.

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