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Thursday, 15 July 2010

Fabric of the Week - Bamboo

Bamboo is one of the most amazing plants on this planet!

It is the fastest growing plant in the world, it can grow up to 1 meter per day. It is a grass, so once cut it will continue to grow without the need for replanting, making it an incredibly sustainable resource. Amazingly, bamboo absorbs more carbon dioxide and breathes out more oxygen than trees. Along with the fact that it grows without the need for pesticides or fertilisers and needs very little water to grow bamboo is one of the most eco-friendly materials available.

Bamboo has been used for centuries in countries such as Japan and China, strips of the material would be used to makes hats and baskets. Being very strong and flexible bamboo was first used in the West as a structural material for corsets and bustles. In recent years technological developments have allowed the bamboo fibre to be spun into yarn. China has patented the process of bamboo textile manufacture, thus having a monopoly on production.

Bamboo clothing can be made from 100% bamboo yarn or blended with other fibres such as cotton and spandex.


Bamboo is naturally thermo-regulating; it is insulating in cold weather but also breathable and light in warm weather. Since most bamboo is grown organically it is hypoallergenic and perfect for sensitive skin.

On top of all of this bamboo is luxuriously soft and comfortable against the skin.

Experience the silky cashmere feel of bamboo in these Bamboo Leggings by Bailey.

The Outsider Slouch Pencil Dress is also made of bamboo, but is a bamboo demin giving the design structure and shape.

More Bamboo items:
Enamore Lady Coco Camisole
Enamore Lady Coco Knickers

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