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.
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.
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.
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.
other one is the chemical method, in which chemicals are used to cook the
bamboo plants and leaves into a solution from which fibres are drawn. A common
method called hydrolysis alkalization is used which involves multi-phase
bleaching, making the whole process unsustainable.
Also known as poor man's timber, bamboo is quickly
becoming the source of livelihood for many people; worldwide. It is also a sustainable
resource for many manufacturers, a trendy option for fashion designers, and a
preferred clothing choice for consumers. Bamboo used for textile production is
cultivated exclusively in Taiwan and China. India has its share of the pie with
their presence in the bamboo market. Gandhi led the famous Dandi march holding
his confidence and a simple bamboo cane. Today, with the second largest
concentration of bamboo forests globally, bamboo still leads the way in India. Africa,
Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Middle East trail behind. Moso bamboo
(Phyllostachys pubescens) is used for textile manufacturing. This is a type of
tropical grass, which is not the food of the pandas.
of bamboo clothing:
viscose obtained from bamboo is getting increasingly available. It can be
machine washed, and unlike other fabrics, does not need multiple washes. The
texture of viscose obtained from bamboo has an elegant look, and a soft feel when
compared with silk and cashmere. Yarn made from bamboo has good tensile
strength and durability. Viscose made from bamboo is certified as one of the
best organic material. Bamboo fibres are 100 percent bio-degradable.
made from bamboo viscose are anti-bacterial by nature, and hence is good for
people with sensitive skin. Used for home textiles, these fabrics are good for
people with allergies. These fabrics are breathable, and do not cling to the
skin, thereby giving a cooler effect to the wearer.
quotes Jing Liu, lead designer of Juzd, bamboo clothing brand saying, "The
main reason people buy the shirt is the custom designed and milled bamboo
fabric. It feels lightweight, breathable, and it kills body odor and bacteria.
Yes, it KILLS bacteria, so you can wear this shirt for 5 or more days without
washing. It keeps you cooler in hot days and warmer in cold nights. It's UV
protectant so it protects you from skin cancer".
gets into the fashion spotlight:
fabrics are becoming a more preferred choice of fashion designers. Many
renowned fashion designers use bamboo fabrics in designing their collection.
Oscar de la Renta, Diane vonFurstenberg, Agnes B, Kate O Connor, Alfred Sung,
Linda Loudermilk, and Sara Kirsner are a few to name. The luxurious softness,
smoothness, and flowing gently drape of the fabric makes it, a preferred choice
for eco designers.
made from bamboo are economical, aesthetically pleasing, durable, and
comfortable. Easy to produce, and maintain, along with added health benefits,
bamboo fabrics are likely to become a favorite textile in the years to come.
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