Textiles have several origins and range from natural to man-made. Over the ages, the kind and popularity of textiles have always kept changing due to various upcoming trends and demands pertaining to that period of time.
Today along with various natural and synthetic textiles, the latest textile on the block is the bamboo textile. Historic references to the fabric go back to the times when it was used as bustles and as ribs of corsets, but with advancing technology the fiber has really caught on and is now being used in a variety of ways. Currently, in modern terminology, bamboo fiber is more colloquially referred to as rayon. It can also be blended to be used along with other fibers like hemp and spandex for more versatility. Popular fabrics are made from 100% rayon and cotton.
How does bamboo become rayon?
Everyone knows that bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants in the universe in can sometimes even grow up to 3-4 feet in a day. It is a completely organic plant and does not need any pesticides or fertilizers to speed up or enhance its growth.
Bamboo stems or stalks are made up of bastfibers which can be processed to make stiff and rough textiles like hemp and flax, It can however also be made as soft as silk in the form of rayon fibers, Rayon is nothing but regenerated cellulose,which is a natural fiberwhich is made using a chemical process. That is why bamboo rayon is such a soft and smooth fabric.
Using bamboo linen made from bamboo rayon and cotton has been found to benefit a lot of people who had been suffering from various allergic and respiratory issues. Ever since they started using bamboo products they have felt a marked difference is their overall health and are feeling much relieved too.