Bamboo fabric might just be a better material than cotton. Keep reading to find out why below.
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13 Bamboo Fabric Benefits You Should Know About
What is Bamboo Fabric?
The use of bamboo in clothing goes way back to ancestral China and Japan. The plant was used in weaving hats and shoes to protect workers from sun exposure.
In the west, bamboo was used to make corsets and other pieces of clothing in the 1700s. Today, the use of bamboo in the textile industry is growing more popular than ever—thanks to the invention of the rayon-making process.
To create bamboo fabric, the plants are cut and dissolved in a solution. Once fully dissolved, the solution is pressed into fibers and cooled. The fibers are then spun into threads and woven into fabric.
In bathrobes and nightgowns, bamboo fabric proves to be an excellent material. Here are some of its benefits over cotton.
1. It’s Stronger Than Cotton
Viscose or bamboo rayon is one of the strongest and most affordable materials used in clothing and beddings. Be it shirts, robes, or towels, bamboo generally has the advantage in terms of durability and keeping shape—up to three times longer actually if cared for properly.
2. It Can Match The Softness of Expensive Cotton
With utmost versatility as a material, bamboo, aside from being used as a building resource, can also be woven into one of the softest fabrics. Bamboo viscose, while being much more inexpensive, has actually been compared with some of the most luxurious fabrics like Egyptian cotton.
3. It’s More Absorbent
Bamboo is actually 40% more absorbent than the finest organic cotton fabric you’ll find. It can also absorb water three times its weight and wick moisture away from your body quicker, keeping you dry much easier.
4. It’s More Breathable
Bamboo fibers also have micro-gaps that gives bamboo robes better ventilation and absorbency.
5. It Is Impressively Insulating
Cotton robes, except for the more expensive high-end, high-thread ones, tend to retain more heat than bamboo fabric. Thanks to the natural breathability of bamboo, bamboo robes are so much cooler and comfortable to sleep in—something that’s not price-dependent.
6. It Has Anti-Microbial Properties
Bamboo floor mats are popular in countries where shoes aren’t worn indoors. We can attribute this popularity to bamboo’s antimicrobial properties.
This fabric has natural antimicrobial bio-agents that help in fighting off odor-causing bacteria on different materials like clothing, and even on the human skin.
7. It Is Hypoallergenic
Bamboo robes are perfect for people with sensitive skin. Bamboo fibers are naturally hypoallergenic and do not irritate the skin.
8. Bamboo Robes Are Easy To Maintain
Bamboo robes tend to last longer because they require less washing than most cotton robes. Care and maintenance are also pretty straightforward since no special cleaning methods are required.
In terms of color retention, bamboo robes notable maintain their vibrant hues longer than cotton.
9. Bamboo Is UV Resistant
If you’re out to enjoy the heat of the sun this summer, it might be a great idea to bring a bamboo robe with you. Bamboo can protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun—its UV protective properties can cut out up to 98% of UV rays.
Not only can bamboo fight cotton head-on in terms of quality and comfort, but there are also several significant environmental reasons why choosing this fabric is probably for the best.
10. Bamboo Trees Require Less Water
Bamboo is a self-sufficient crop that does not need irrigation, and can use water more efficiently than other crops. In fact, it only needs a third of the amount of water necessary for growing cotton.
Bamboo production is so much less water-intensive. Where bamboo needs only 12 gallons of water to produce a pound of fabric, cotton needs 200 times more.
11. Bamboo Self-Replenishes
Growing cotton is quite labor-intensive as it requires heavy efforts in harvesting and replanting each year. Bamboo, on the other hand, is one of the most sustainable crops on earth—it rarely needs replanting.
Bamboo crops will almost magically sprout on their own, with an acre of bamboo yielding 10 times more than an acre of cotton.
12. Bamboo Grows Incredibly Fast
These trees, believe it or not, can grow really fast. There are species of bamboo that can grow up to 3 feet with a day—that is 4 cm an hour!
This rate of growth allows farmers to fully harvest bamboo plants in a span of 3 to 4 years all while refilling the ground with their own sprouts.
13. Bamboo Needs Less Chemicals
With its self-replenishing capabilities and its fast growth rate, bamboo does not require fertilizers or pesticides to grow.
Interestingly, bamboo roots can absorb sunlight and greenhouse gases and turn them into brand new green growth. Thanks to its innate antimicrobial and insect repellent properties, bamboo hardly ever needs pesticide application.
On the other hand, farming cotton requires tons and tons of fertilizers and pesticides.
RobeMart Bamboo Robe Line | Luxury For Less
If you’ve been meaning to give bamboo fabric a try, our line of bamboo robes and nightgowns will not disappoint. Made with 100% bamboo weave, these pieces will wrap you in luxury and comfort.
Our 100% Bamboo Lace Trim Ivory Women’s Kimono Robe, for example, is an elegant long-sleeved robe that flows effortlessly and drapes beautifully. It’s also lined with delicate lace and features a stylish tie to keep it closed.
Check out our whole line here and consider making your evening ensemble a bamboo coziness-fest.
Our bamboo robes are:
- Ultra Soft Feeling
- 100% Rayon from Bamboo
- Lightweight (Approximately 1.00 lbs Each Robe)
- Double Stitched for Durability
- Made in Turkey
- To be machine washed cool with like colors, with non-chlorine bleach and tumbled dry on low.
Bamboo fabric may not be as widely known as cotton but it can definitely fight it head-on in terms of overall quality. Give it our craftsmanship and attention to detail, you’re bound to experience utmost elegance and luxury for less.
Have you tried bamboo robes before? Let us know about your experience in the comments section below!