About Bamboo Clothing

The Background

When we started this journey to be absolutely honest we hadn’t even heard of bamboo fabric or bamboo clothing!   But what we did know was that we wanted to find a fabric that was soft, comfortable and practical to makes clothes that we would want to wear.

We contemplated silk for a while; it’s really soft and comfortable to wear and whilst we love wearing may knitted silk roll neck, we don’t like hand washing it and it was pricey too!  We’ve always loved the look and feel of wool but even the finest wool blends irritate my skin so that didn’t fit the bill either.  Our search for a fabric that offered all the qualities of silk but could be washed and did not cost the earth finally ended when we found bamboo!

Bamboo fabric as well as clothing is increasing in popularity in the UK but it is not always easy to find the right quality and blend (as we found) so our own bespoke fabric is also available to purchase by the metre at Simply Bamboo Fabrics.  We sell a lot to home sewers and other niche brands.

Benefits to the Wearer

Fabulously Soft:  Bamboo clothing is superbly soft and feels like a combination of silk and cotton. Bamboo fibres lay flat making a very smooth texture fabric – our bamboo viscose jersey fabric is extremely silky. In some of our fabrics we have combined the bamboo fibres with brushed cotton to produce an ultra-soft fabric against the skin with added warmth too and we call this our Cosy range which includes the Tattersal Blue Check Roll Neck.

Regulates body temperature:  Bamboo clothing helps regulate body temperature as the fibres expand and contract – it keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. We’ve developed a range of fabric knits/weaves and weights to suit different uses and seasons.

Moisture Wicking: Bamboo clothing is three to four times more absorbent than cotton clothing, allowing it to wick and absorb perspiration away from the body, keeping you dry, comfortable and fresh all day long.  You’ll notice this when you hang it out on the line to dry; it will be heavier than an equivalent cotton garment as it’s able to hold more moisture.

Kind to Skin: The naturally smooth fibres of bamboo fabric lie flat against the skin, limiting skin irritation and sensitivity.  It has a gorgeous shine and feels very luxurious.

Anti-bacterial: Bamboo has anti-bacterial properties and is used in the healthcare industry. So if you’re being particularly active,  you needn’t worry about staying fresh!

UV Protection: Bamboo fabric offers UV protection and can cut out up to 97% of harmful UV rays. For this reason, it has become increasingly popular in warmer climates such as Australia, where skin cancer is prevalent.

Environmental Benefits

Prevents soil erosion: Bamboo can and does grow in poor quality soil, making it an easy crop to grow. Because it is a grass it is not cultivated each year but simply cut to the base which helps to prevent soil erosion.

Saves on water: Bamboo is able to grow with very little water and frequently requires no irrigation unlike Cotton.

Less pesticides: Bamboo has no natural pests which means that growing it has less impact on the environment with  very little use of toxic chemical and less run-off from pesticides.

Sustainable: Bamboo grows extremely quickly and is the fastest growing plant on the earth; it has been recorded growing over 100 cm in a 24 hours period.  This rate of growth and the fact that it can establish in hostile climates makes it very Sustainable.

Removes greenhouse gases: Studies have shown that the equivalent amount of bamboo takes in more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and produces 35 percent more oxygen than trees.