History of Bamboo Fibre: Historically in Asia, bamboo was used for the hand-made production of paper. But thanks to modern manufacturing, bamboo pulp is now capable of creating bamboo fiber which can be used to make yarn and fabric. Bamboo fabric is a natural textile made from the pulp of the bamboo grass, the bamboo fiber is then made by pulping the bamboo grass until it separates into thin threads of fiber, which is then spun and dyed for weaving into cloth. This process is called rayon/viscose from bamboo. Another process which mechanically creates bamboo is called linen or lyocell Bamboo fabric. Characteristics of Bamboo linen, Bamboo Viscose and Bamboo from rayon fabric is similar to the softness of silk. Bamboo Fibres are naturally smoother and rounder with no sharp spurs to irritate the skin, making bamboo fabric hypoallergenic and perfect for those who experience allergic reactions to other natural fibers such as wool or hemp. On that same note, bamboo is also antibacterial and antifungal. This is because bamboo possesses an anti-bacteria bio-agent called “bamboo kun”, allowing it to naturally flourish and grow in the wild without the use of pesticides or fertilizers. This beneficial quality of the plant remains in its textile form, killing all bacteria while keeping the wearer feeling fresher and odor free for longer and making the garment healthier and more hygienic. Unlike many of the other fabrics, bamboo is extremely breathable. The natural bamboo plant keeps itself cool in the heat and like its other properties, is also maintained in its fabric form. The cross-section of the bamboo fiber is covered with micro-gaps giving the fabric better moisture absorption and ventilation. As a result, it is able to keep the wearer almost two degrees cooler in the heat and noticeably warmer in the cold. Bamboo fabric is also “anti static and UV protective as it cuts out 98% of harmful UV rays” providing the wearer with another beneficial quality from bamboo made clothing. Eco-friendliness of Bamboo; the most enticing aspect of bamboo fabric is that it is the most sustainable fabric on the planet. Bamboo, a type of tropical grass, has an extensive rooting system that grows on average four to six new shoots a year, naturally replenishing itself. It is also 100% biodegradable, the most renewable resource on our planet, and provides an abundance of usable oxygen making it a crucial element in the balance between oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. As bamboo fabric is gaining popularity in the fashion industry, there will naturally be an increase in growth and demand for more bamboo plants. This could ultimately lead to an increased amount of photosynthesis and result in another alternative to combating greenhouse gases.
The bamboo textiles we use for Watuko Headgear have OCIA/NOP Organic certification, FSC Forest certification and are class Oeko-tex 100. Watuko Headgear is made from Bamboo Viscose. Under strict control, and unlike many manufacturing facilities, In order to reduce the pollutant discharge during production, Our factories have rebuilt the discharging establishment. All the sewage is discharged only after the process of filtration and reclamation. In addition, they have strict controls on exhaust emission and meet all government environmental protecting standards.
CARING FOR YOUR HEADGEAR
Like your average garment, Watuko Headgear can be washed with everything. However, for the best maintenance of Watuko Headgear treat them as your special garments. They should be washed using the gentle cycle, cold or luke warm water. Line dried is preferred. It is best to refrain from machine drying even on low heat as it may cause the garment to lose its shape or slightly shrink in size.