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A Fabric Tale – Bamboo

Bamboo fabric is made from the pulp of the Bamboo plant. The bamboo plant is actually a fast growing grass plant not a wood like most naturally assume, it replants itself and requires very little water and attentiveness to grow.  Naturally containing  a bio-agent known as bamboo kun it holds antibacterial properties, is UV protective and to absorbs moisture. The anti-bacteria properties ensure that the plant does not require pesticides when being grown which is better environmentally and bamboo is biodegradable meaning it will not end up in landfill.

Audrey wedding gown made of bamboo fabric

From left: Audrey gown with Tess Bolero (both made of bamboo fabric), natural bamboo, and Felicia hat made of bamboo silk

While the growth of the plant in its natural form is very eco the process of turning it from fibre to fabric does cause some controversy. According to an article on Ecozine a online magazine devoted to all things eco one way of creating the fabric from the bamboo is to crush the plants and then separate the enzymes. The fibres are pulled out, spun into yarn and woven into fabric. Other alternatives to create the fabric include chemically extracting the inner part of the stalk and soaking it until a substance is formed that can be spun.  However, the chemicals used during this process  can cause serious damage.

Melissa gown made of bamboo silk

The Melissa gown from the 2012 collection is a bamboo silk gown

Bamboo fabric used in the collection are sourced from reliable suppliers and are  OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certified which insures that the fabric is manufactured in its strict ecological standards and equally healthy for consumers. With its soft and beneficial qualities for the brides skin we find it perfect for the wedding gown. Here’s some fact behind the bamboo fibre, we would like to share. Despite the pros and cons of bamboo fabric argued throughout the industry we hope the industry experts will find new and innovative ways to develop bamboo fabric in a  more sustainable way.

 

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