Sew, What's New?

Curating sewing and quilting talent, techniques, and tutorials, since 1997.

By Mariette J. Wingeier

Bamboo fabrics and starchy pulp are made from bamboo that grows widely throughout Asian countries. Starchy pulp is a refined product of bamboo stems and leaves through a process of hydrolysis-alkalization and multi-phase bleaching. Chemical fiber factories then process it into bamboo fiber.

Bamboo fabrics are made from pure bamboo fiber yarns which have excellent moisture vapor transmission properties. Bamboo fiber is a unique biodegradable textile material. Bamboo fiber comes from nature and completely returns to nature in the end. It is praised as the natural, green, and eco-friendly textile material of the 21st century.

What is notable about bamboo material is its unusual ability to breathe and the coolness. Because the cross-section of the bamboo fiber is filled with various micro-gaps and micro-holes, it has much better moisture absorption and ventilation. Bamboo fiber apparel can absorb and evaporate human sweat in a split second. Just like breathing, such garments make people feel extremely cool and comfortable in the hot summer. It never sticks to the skin, even in the heat. Sometimes it is called air-conditioning dress!

Bamboo fabrics are soft, drapes better, easy dying and splendid colors. Bamboo intimate apparels include

Bamboo fabric has a unique function of anti bacteria which is suitable to make underwear, tight T-shirts and socks. Its anti-ultraviolet nature is suitable to make summer clothing, especially for the protection of pregnant ladies and young children from damages of ultraviolet radiation.

Bamboo sanitary materials include bandages, masks, surgical clothes, nurses wear and so on.

The bamboo fabric has a natural effect of sterilization and is used in sanitary towels, gauze, absorbent pads and so on.
Bamboo fiber will not cause skin allergies and at the same time it has a competitive advantage in the market. Bamboo bathroom products have good moisture absorption, feel soft and have splendid colors as well as anti bacteria properties which are very popular in home textiles. Bamboo towels and bath robes have a soft comfortable hand feeling and excellent moisture absorption function. Its natural antibiosis function keeps bacteria away so that it will not produce a bad odor.

Bamboo fabric for decorating have all of the above qualities. They are very advantageous in the decorating industry. Wallpapers and curtains made from bamboo fibers can absorb ultraviolet radiation in various wavelengths. Thus, they lessen the harm to the human body. Most important, bamboo fabrics will not go moldy due to damp conditions. Curtains, television covers, wallpapers and sofa slipcovers can all be made from bamboo fibers.

The fashion world is constantly seeking and latching onto new materials.
Bamboo fabric clothes have actually been showing up in department stores and women's boutiques. Clothes made of this fabric sell for around the same price as ordinary fabrics. Bamboo is considered as a much superior fiber and playing in a category of its own. The fabric is highly versatile.

Mariette is an independent manufacturer of sewing products in her local community. She is also a freelance writer for numerous of quilting and sewing pattern books. Visit
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Comment by Lisa Bordenave on April 30, 2010 at 2:23pm
I have a set of bamboo sheets from Target which I absolutely love. I would love to sew a few shirts for work with bamboo fabric, but for me it is a bit pricey.
Comment by Rita Long on April 28, 2010 at 10:49am
I knew a bit about bamboo. Thank you for the further info.
Comment by Sewshesaid on April 27, 2010 at 10:52pm
Sews and wears wonderfully. Disagree w/ comment that is aprox the same price as reg. fabric tho. I have seldom found it for less than about $15.00 per yd.
Comment by Mary Lee Freutel on April 27, 2010 at 5:47pm
Very interesting. I'd love to feel some and see how it sews. Thanks for the info
Comment by Anita S on April 27, 2010 at 2:20pm
some more reading about Bamboo ......

http://www.ftc. gov/opa/2009/ 08/bamboo. shtm

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