Bamboo is noted as the fastest growing plant on the planet. Bamboo grows at an average of 2 inches every hour. With over 1,500 species of bamboo worldwide, it is no wonder this eco-crop is having its moment in the limelight.
At Jaxson Maximus, some of the best-selling cloths are composed of bamboo fibers. Below our custom clothiers break down everything you need to know about the bamboo fabric.
WHAT IS BAMBOO FABRIC
In the textile industry, the term “bamboo fabric” refers to a number of different textiles made from the bamboo plant. Bamboo has been used for thousands of years but different cultures all over the globe.
Historically in Asia, bamboo was originally used for the hand-made products of paper. However, it is only in recent years that the extraction of the bamboo fiber has been perfected to turn the pulp into a usable fiber that is woven in fabric for cloth.
How are Bamboo Fabrics Made
Depending on the fabric the bamboo pulp is being made into, bamboo fabrics can be made in various ways. The majority of cloth is produced by bamboo viscose which refers to the same process as producing rayon. This is the most common type of bamboo cloth that you will find readily available. The process of viscose is incredibly lengthy and involves a good deal of manufacturing refinement.
A simpler, more costly solution is using a spinning technique. This technique gives the fabric a more silky luxurious product using. After the bamboo plant is harvested, the leaves and the soft inner pith are crushed, extracting the bamboo cellulose. The crushed fibers are then soaked into a natural enzyme solution. This solution is then washed by hand and spun into yarn that can then be woven into different fabrics.
The result is a silky super soft fabric that can be used for producing more delicate garments like bed sheets, shirts, suits, and more.
BENEFITS OF USING BAMBOO FABRIC
Bamboo fabric are similar in feel to the softness of silk. Since bamboo fabrics are produced without chemicals, they are naturally smoother, making it non-irritating to the skin. Bamboo fabric is hypoallergenic, making it an excellent fabric for those who have allergies or have sensitive skin.
Bamboo is antibacterial and anti-fungal due to its bacteriostatic bio-agent called the “Bamboo Kun”. This beneficial quality means that the textile will naturally kill bacteria that accumulate on the skin for natural wear, making the wearer feel fresher and odor-free throughout the day.
Unlike any other natural fibers, bamboo is extremely breathable. The cross-section of the bamboo fiber is covered in micro-gaps, giving the fabric a high level of moisture absorption and ventilation. It is also anti-static and UV protectant by cutting out nearly 98% of harmful UV.
Bamboo Fabric Benefits Summary:
- Antibacterial: Keeps you odor-free and smelling fresh all day long
- Moisture Wicking: Perfect for hot and humid climates like Miami. Naturally draws moisture away from the skin, making you sweat less.
- Insulating: Keeps you cool in the summer and hot during the winter
- Silky Soft Feel
- Naturally Protects Against UV’s
- Non-Irritating: A great option for those with sensitive skin
- Lightweight & breathable
BAMBOO FABRIC FOR HOT WEATHER CLIMATES
At Jaxson Maximus, we specialize in creating one-of-a-kind custom garments made out of some of the world’s finest bamboo clothes. One of our most sought-after fabrics comes from Gladson’s pure hand-woven bamboo fabric collection. Made in Italy of pure Bamboo, this unique fabric exhibits a silky luster, luxurious tailor ability, and extensive color spectrum. It is ideal for all-year-round wear, especially for those who are traveling between warm and cold climates.
Along with our bamboo jacketing, we create a ton of custom short sleeve, sport, and long sleeve dress shirts. With bamboo’s natural comfortability and moisture-wicking properties, it is the number one material we recommend to our clients in humid climates, such as in Miami, where we are based.
Bamboo is truly a world-class fabric fitted for some of the finest bespoke garments.
IS BAMBOO FABRIC SUSTAINABLE?
The plant bamboo is one of the most sustainable crops anywhere in the world. Under the right conditions, bamboo is regarded as being at the top of the list for eco-friendly fabrics. Compared to cotton, bamboo is much less costly to produce and avoids using extensive pesticides in production.
Scientific American reported that “bamboo can be cultivated with little to no fertilizer, pesticides, heavy harvesting machinery or irrigation, and bamboo root systems can protect steep banks from erosion.” Because bamboo has such a deep root system, the plant is simply cut down while the soil remains undisturbed for future use. When done sustainably, bamboo does not require large inputs of fertilizer or pesticides to grow.
With any manufacturing, large-scale cultivation and production come with environmental issues. However, buying from a responsible and transparent source can help mitigate some of the risks that come with the pollution of the textile industry.