Before we left for vacation, and over the summer, I made good use of the bamboo jersey I purchased from Nature’s Fabrics. I made tank tops for me and the girls, and long sleeve t-shirts for Jeff.
I can’t say enough about how good these shirts feel to wear, especially in the summer. They’re lightweight, soft, and cool. Jeff and I wore ours every time we hiked this summer and neither of us got overly hot, even though we experienced some very hot summer days. Take a look at the extraordinary properties of bamboo fabric!
- Bamboo fabric is a natural textile made from the pulp of the bamboo grass.
- Bamboo fabric is light and strong.
- Bamboo fabric has excellent wicking properties. Being highly water absorbent, it can take up to three times its weight in water. This means it pulls moisture away from the skin so that it can evaporate.
- Bamboo fabric is very soft and can be worn next to the skin.
- Bamboo fabric can often be worn safely by those who usually experience allergic reactions to other natural fibers, such as wool or hemp.
- Bamboo fabric’s fibers are smooth and round, with no sharp spurs to irritate the skin.
- Bamboo fabric is a sustainable textile, because the bamboo plant is quick growing and thrives without the use of pesticides or herbicides.
- Bamboo fabric has antibacterial properties which it retains through multiple washings. It can kill odor-causing bacteria, keeping the wearer smelling sweet.
- Bamboo fabric has insulating properties – it keeps the wearer warm in the winter and cool in the winter.
- Bamboo fabric takes bright dye colors well.
- Bamboo fabric drapes well.
I think I need to buy some more. Actually, I still have quite a bit. But that navy is really nice for Jeff, and I see now that Jeanne at Nature’s Fabrics has a grey available. Those are the only two masculine colors. I only made Jeff two t-shirts, but really, he could use a week’s worth of them. Also, many of the bamboo selections are on sale!
I consolidated this information from an article at WiseGeek.