Bamboo clothingOne of the most sustainable gifts of nature to mankind. Similar to the growth of a bamboo plant, fame of bamboo clothing is also gaining global attention.


Bamboo has always been a mystical plant. Asian culture believes human race evolved from a bamboo stem. Malaysian legends speak about the first man who discovered the first woman from within a bamboo shoot. Japanese folk tales talk about the moon princess who emerged from a bamboo plant. Bamboo plant grows faster up to one foot a day, needs very little water, and posses many eco friendly virtues. Bamboo has multiple applications for making various products.


Clothing made from bamboo fibres are regarded as eco-friendly due to its remarkable attributes. While growing, bamboo needs very less or no pesticides. Scientists have discovered that this is due to an anti-bacterial agent known as 'kun' present in bamboo plants. Bound closely with the bamboo cells, kun is the reason for the durability of bamboo fabrics. Due to its resistance ability, bacteria that are formed in the bamboo fabric do not stay in the fabric for long.


Stalks of bamboo are converted into raw fibres, which are made into fabrics. Generally two kinds of processes are used. One is the mechanical method where bamboo plant is crushed into pulp. Its woody parts are crushed and natural enzymes are used to break the walls into a mushy mass. Then natural fibres are mechanically combed and spun into yarn. This method is eco friendly. The fabric thus manufactured is called bamboo linen. However, the process is more labor intensive, and costly resulting in very less production.