I am working on bamboo dresses at the moment…the fabric feels like silk, its very thin, a bit see through and very comfortable when worn directly on skin.
Some facts about the plant:
“Bamboo is an extremely fast growing crop which requires no chemical fertilisation or pesticides, and minimal care. As opposed to cotton, which requires fertile soil that could otherwise be used for growing food, bamboo can grow on degraded land and can reduce soil erosion and improve soil quality. Bamboo requires half the water of eucalyptus (commonly used for both wood and fiber production) and a fraction of the water required to grow cotton.
Whilst the environmental credentials of bamboo as a raw wood crop are remarkable, this is only one part of the picture. In order to understand whether bamboo is a sustainable textile, we need to first understand the environmental impacts of the processing of the wood into fiber. As touched upon earlier, processing bamboo into fiber requires intense chemical processing.”
Bamboo lies somewhere in the middle on the continuum between unsustainable and sustainable textiles. Bamboo is a more environmentally friendly choice than nylon, polyester, conventional cotton, and viscose from wood, but it is less environmentally friendly than lyocell (Tencel), modal, organic cotton, hemp and linen.
As the processing of bamboo into fiber is continuing, I believe that in the near future bamboo may be considered a highly sustainable textile if processes can improve enough to avoid the use of some many harmful chemicals.
When strolling through the capital, I discovered some clock face’ in a vintage shop; even though I didn’t have an idea yet how to use them, I purchased quite a few of them – although very expensive I think it was worth the buy! I am now using them as a decoration for the pictured dress:)