dried bamboo stalks
a house of bamboo
WHERE DOES BAMBOO GROW
There is a wide variety of bamboo species and most are native to warm and moist tropical and warm temperate climates. Ranging from hot tropical regions to cool mountainous regions and highland cloud forests. Nearly every continent has a native species of bamboo.
HOW DOES BAMBOO GROW
As a grass, bamboo grows very quickly anywhere between 10-90cm per day. Depending on the variety and the growing conditions and it thrives without the use of pesticides and fertilisers. A mature plant can grow anywhere between a few inches and 30 meter in height. A single bamboo stalk has a lifecycle 0f 5-7 years.
Bamboo regenerates once cut. This means it does not need replanting, and in fact regular harvesting is beneficial to the plant’s health as it encourages this re-growth.
USES OF BAMBOO
Bamboo is cheap, sustainable and highly efficient, and its uses vary:
construction,gardening,flooring, furniture, paper, basketry, textiles,
homeware, bicycles, surf-boards, snowboards, skateboards, musical instruments, stepladders, hats, etc.
It has also been used to create the ribs of corsets and other such hard-wearing clothes.
Production techniques have become more refined over time, allowing the bamboo to be made finer and more pliable. This means that the plant can now be used to create soft, cotton-like clothing.
The textile is much loved because of it anti-bacterial properties
Bamboo fibre is made from the pulp of bamboo plants, meaning that the leaves and soft inner pith of the plant are extracted and crushed. This pulp is then reconstituted and becomes a spinnable fibre. Making it technically speaking a semi-synthetic. Bamboo is often combined with other textiles such as cotton or hemp.
BAMBOO FABRIC PROPERTIES
Are very soft and comfortable. For allergy prone skin, bamboo fabric is perfect; it's anti-static and sits well next to your skin
Is also is anti-bacterial meaning it stays fresh for longer and offers
UV protection. Bamboo fabric cuts out 97.5% of harmful UV rays, so perfect for holiday/travelling cover-ups.
Bamboo fabric is warm, thanks to its hollow microfibre (like wood), yet is also breathable. Perfect in all temperatures.