Bamboo fabric is a natural textile made from bamboo grass. The bamboo fibre is made by pulping the bamboo grass until it separates into thin threads of fibre, which are then spun and dyed ready for weaving into cloth.
Bamboo fabric is similar to the softness of silk. The bamboo fibres are naturally smooth and round with no sharp spurs to irritate the skin, making bamboo fabric hypoallergenic and perfect for those who experience allergic reactions to other natural fibres such as wool or hemp.
Just like other cellulose-based clothing materials, bamboo fibre is biodegradable in soil by micro organisms and sunlight. Having reached the end of its useful life, clothing made from bamboo can be composted and disposed of in an organic and environmentally friendly manner.
Growing bamboo requires virtually no pesticides or fertilisers meaning the end product is much closer to its organic state than other fibres. This is because bamboo possesses an anti-bacteria and bacteriostatic (say that 10 times!) bio-agent called "Bamboo Kun". The bamboo kun allows it to flourish naturally when growing in the wild.
Bamboo is also antibacterial and antifungal. These beneficial qualities of the plant remains in its textile form, keeping the wearer feeling fresher and odor free for longer, making the garment healthier and more hygienic.
Bamboo is extremely breathable. The natural bamboo plant keeps itself cool in the heat and like its other properties, is also maintained in its fabric form. The cross-section of the bamboo fiber is covered with micro-gaps giving the fabric better moisture absorption and ventilation. As a result, it is able to keep the wearer almost two degrees cooler in the heat and noticeably warmer in the cold. Meaning it works beautifully for AW layers such as the Astoria from Seamwork or the Ada from Stylearc.
Bamboo fabric is also anti static, (Hello knit dresses worn comfortably over black tights!) and UV protective.