Bamboo fibre is exceptionally soft, it feels great against your skin. While the plant itself may not seem like it would make for soft clothing, the process of extracting bamboo cellulose and converting it into fibre results in a very smooth and silky yarn. This yarn is weaved into fabric used for bamboo clothing.
Bamboo fibre is very popular because of its moisture wicking properties. With almost twice the moisture transfer rate of cotton, it is an ideal fabric for clothing worn directly against the skin. The use of bamboo fibre in sportswear, yoga clothing and high performance active wear has also increased due to this unique property.
Bamboo clothing is proven to have superior UV protecting qualities. While some studies have questioned the extent to which bamboo clothing is UV resistant, a recent study by Deakin University found bamboo fabric is 60% better than cotton at protecting the wearer from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Breathability & Insulating:
Because it is derived from plant fibres, bamboo clothing is significantly more breathable and a naturally insulating fibre than traditional fibres and synthetics. When woven into fabric, bamboo clothing helps to trap a small layer of air against the skin. This layer acts as insulation, natural temperature regulator helping to keep the wearer cool in the hot weather, and warm during winter.
Scientifically, based on a study that was done by the Japan Textile Inspection Association (JTIA); a quantitative test, method JISL 1902 was performed using 100% bamboo fabric. The bamboo fabric samples were washed industrially 50 times. The bamboo fabric samples were then laden with bacterial strain type staphylococcus IID 1677. After a 24-hr incubation period they did a count on the live bacteria remaining on the bamboo fabric samples. Their results showed that the samples retained a greater than 70% antibacterial efficiency rate, after 50 industrial washings.