As one of the fastest growing plants in the world, bamboo has been used for centuries to fulfil all sorts of fascinating tasks.
From food to building materials and now fabrics, this nifty, not-so-little plant is an incredibly versatile raw material that just happens to be sustainable and environmentally friendly as well.
In the clothing world, it’s not just bamboo’s sustainability and ready availability that sees it an increasingly popular textile of choice in fashion. Bamboo fabric offers a beautiful drape, feels fabulous against the skin and is downright gorgeous as well.
So, let’s venture into the forest of facts about beautiful bamboo and why it’s a natural, ideal choice when it comes to clothing.
Let’s talk bamboo
Technically a grass, bamboos are some of the fastest growing plants in the world. Readily grown throughout South Asia, Southeast Asia and East Asia, they are used for building materials, as a food source, and as a versatile raw product.
Bamboo has a higher specific compressive strength than wood, brick or concrete, and a specific tensile strength that rivals steel.
Requiring little water, it’s also readily replenished, biodegradable and in abundant supply, making it the perfect material to turn to for a whole host of everyday tasks.
Bamboo in fashion
Bamboo has long been used in the fashion world, but not in the textile form we know today. For centuries thin strips of bamboo were woven into hats in shoes in China and Japan, while in the western world its strength was harnessed to support complex structures like bustles and corsetry.
The first recorded push to create textiles from bamboo dates back to the 1860s when entrepreneurs investigated “new and useful process for disintegrating the fibre of bamboo so that it may be used in manufacturing cordage, cloth, mats, or pulp for paper”.
Despite these earlier attempts, bamboo did not become widely available until the early 2000s when innovation allowed its easy manufacture.
Bamboo as a fabric
As a textile bamboo, offers a wealth of attributes that have led to its rapid rise in popularity.
The fabric is renowned for its silky-smooth texture, lustrous sheen and impeccable drape. But it’s not just a pretty face. Bamboo backs its beauty with some practical natural properties as well, offering UV protection, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, and breathability.
The structure of bamboo fibres contains micro-gaps, which provide ventilation and pull moisture away from the body, allowing the skin to breathe. That means bamboo keeps you cool in summer by drawing moisture away from the body, yet warm in winter by acting as an insulator, and is also odour resistant.
Meanwhile, it’s particularly suited to those with eczema or who have sensitive skin.
Our bamboo clothing
At Lou Lou, we source bamboo that is organically and sustainably grown using no pesticides, no insecticides and no fertilisers.
We use it as the canvas for our most popular designs, harnessing its texture, comfort and feel to create a flattering look that suits the feminine figure and optimises classic tailoring in contemporary yet timeless style.
Bamboo is part of our commitment to sourcing clothing that is stylish, and sustainable for nature.
View our entire range here, or pop in and see our collection in person. The Lou Lou concept store is located at Noosa, on Sunshine Beach Road, Noosa Junction.
We love to work with our clients to craft the perfect wardrobe to suit their needs and lifestyle, in the knowledge fashion isn’t just what you wear but how you feel within its embrace.