The Bamboo plant is fast growing, highly sustainable and is naturally organic. It does not require replanting after harvest but will regenerate from its rhizome root structure. Bamboo improves soil quality and helps to rebuild eroded soil.
When processed into fibre or yarn mechanically processed bamboo requires no chemicals harmful to workers or the environment and maintains its inherently anti-bacterial properties. Environmentally friendly, bamboo based fabrics have a luxurious softness compared with cashmere.
There are two ways of commercially processing the bamboo plant to create yarn and fabric. The first is a mechanical process, creating what is informally called bamboo linen, and the second, more popular approach, is the chemical process used for producing rayon or viscose fabric.
Mechanically produced bamboo fabric requires no chemicals, pesticides or fungicides.
Using a process similar to the one that produces linen from flax, bamboo fibres are raked ad combed into long strands, thereby preserving their anti-bacterial and anti- fungal characteristics. The fibres are then drawn out and spun into a yarn that is silky smooth to touch. Because of the smooth and round structure of its fibres, mechanically processed bamboo clothing is soft and non-irritating even to sensitive skin. Far more costly and time consuming to produce than chemically processed bamboo, our 100% mechanically processed bamboo linen fabric feels similar to cashmere. It is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, anti-static, breathable and thermal regulating (keeps you cool in hot weather and warm in cool weather) even after multiple washes.
The method for producing bamboo rayon fibre requires a series of steps similar to those used for other rayon fabrics.
The chemical manufacturing process used to produce fabric from wood cellulose has been modified to produce bamboo cellulose. The process uses chemical solvents to dissolve the bamboo cellulose into a viscose solution.
Hydrogen peroxide is added as a stabilizer and the solution is forced through spinnerets into a hardening bath which causes thin streams of viscose bamboo solution to harden into bamboo cellulose fibre threads.
The hardening bath is usually a solution of water and methanol, ethanol or a similar alcohol. The regenerated bamboo fibre threads can then be spun into bamboo yarn for weaving into fabric.