Bamboo is an extremely fast-growing plant, similar to the fast-growing popularity of bamboo fabric. With its range of benefits, it is no wonder it’s becoming widely used for many different purposes.

But what exactly is bamboo fabric, and how is it made?

What Is Bamboo Fabric?

Bamboo fabric is an extremely soft and strong natural fabric made by extracting the cellulose from bamboo shoots. The cellulose is made into a pulp, which is then spun in fibres which are woven together to make the fabric. 

What Is Bamboo Fabric Used For? 

The material has been used historically in Asia for many years. Today, it is common to see it used in a range of clothing and other garments. It really took off during the early 2000s. 

In addition to clothing, bamboo fabric is used for accessories, bedding, towels and even medical supplies such as gauzes and bandages. It’s a great material for these purposes because of its many natural benefits.

What are the Benefits of Bamboo Fabric?

It’s Hygienic 

Bamboo possesses an anti-bacterial and bacteriostatic bio-agent called ‘bamboo kun’. This makes the bamboo antibacterial and antifungal, allowing it to grow in the wild without the use of fertilisers or pesticides. 

This quality remains as the plant is turned into a fabric, which means that bamboo garments are extremely hygienic and healthy, reducing odour and keeping the wearer feeling fresh. 

It’s Insulating

The beauty of bamboo fabric is that it has excellent insulating properties but is also a breathable material. These qualities make it great all-year-round because the fabric can keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

These qualities apply when bamboo fabric is used for clothing such as socks and underwear, as well as blankets and bedding. 

It’s Attractive

Bamboo fibre works very well with organic and natural dyes, which lead to rich and beautiful coloured fabrics. The fabric is also extremely soft and delicate and looks great draped over things. This quality makes it a very attractive fabric for many purposes, whether that’s as clothing or home decor. 

It’s Hypoallergenic

Bamboo is also the perfect material for those with sensitive skin due to its hypoallergenic qualities. This is because the fibres are made without chemical treatment. They are naturally rounder with smooth edges as opposed to sharp spurs that irritate the skin.

Perfect for those who are allergenic to other natural fibres like hemp, bamboo will not cause allergenic reactions or exacerbate skin irritations or conditions. This also makes it a great fabric for baby’s delicate skin. 

It’s Eco-Friendly

This is arguably one of the most important benefits of bamboo fabric. Bamboo is an extremely fast-growing plant; it can grow as much as 3 feet per day! It has an extensive root system and naturally replenishes itself. Because of this, bamboo fabric is very sustainable. 

What’s more, it’s 100% biodegradable and is thought to be the most renewable resource on our planet. So if you’re trying to do your bit for going green, bamboo fabric is a great way to go. 

It’s UV Protectant

Bamboo fibre can also possess qualities that resist UV rays, which is very good for your skin. Blocking those harmful rays is important, particularly in the summer months. However, this is only the case when the bamboo fibres are made with special UV absorbing chemicals. 

It’s Moisture-Wicking

Similar to silk, bamboo is highly absorbent, keeping your skin from getting clammy so that you feel fresh for as long as you’re wearing it. It wicks moisture away from the skin, keeping you dry and refreshed. This makes it an ideal fabric for garments like socks, which will keep your feet feeling great all day. 

It’s Super Soft

Not to be forgotten is the softness of bamboo fabric and how luxurious it feels. It’s delicacy gently caresses the skin, making it extremely comfortable to wear or keep around the house.

Learn more about the fabrics we sell at Jasmine Silk on the rest of our blog