Few decades ago, bamboo was traditionally used for making variety of household goods such as furniture, sporting goods, handbags, flooring, cutting board etc. Nowadays, due to developments in manufacturing processes. It possible to produced fibre from bamboo stem, which has remarkable properties for its use in yarn and fabric. Bamboo fiber is a natural, eco- friendly fiber; it is regenerated cellulosic fibre produced from stem of bamboo plant, possessing some unique properties such as anti-bacterial, anti- UV radiation, hygiene, cool and soft handle etc. Due to various micro gaps and micro holes in cross section, it has better moisture absorption. Bamboo fabric can absorb and evaporates sweat very easily. Hence it gives cool and comfortable feel. The aim of present study is to focus on physical and ultra violet protection properties of single jersey & rib fabric produced from bamboo yarn. In this study yarn of 40s ne is produced from bamboo fibre. It is observed that, bursting strength of single jersey and rib fabric is 5.6 and 10.0 receptively. Rib fabric shows 44% higher bursting strength than single jersey fabric. Rib fabric shows higher protection factor than single jersey fabric. It shows 94.19 % higher UPF than single jersey fabric.

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This article was originally published in the Textile Review magazine, October, 2012, published by Saket Projects Limited, Ahmedabad.

About the Authors:

Ajay Rathod & Dr. Avinash Kolhatkar are associated with the Department of Textile Engineering at the Jawaharlal Darda Institute of Engineering and technology, Yavatmal, Maharashtra