(Part 3/4) Making and Epic Sweatshirt: Take Bamboo, and Make it Crazy Comfortable

Part 3: Take Bamboo, and Make it Crazy Comfortable

In short,

  • Bamboo is harvest and then treated mechanically (NOT chemically) by crushing the leaves and soft inner pith.
  • Crushed pieces are soaked in the solution for a few hours before being forced through a spinnerette creating a material more similar to cotton wool that can be knit into fabric.
  • The bamboo fibre is then mixed with organic cotton to aid in durability.
  • The finished yarn is shipped directly to Canada where it is knit, dyed, cut and sewn.

More info,

To turn bamboo into fabric it is first harvested and then the leaves and soft inner pith are mechanically crushed. Thereafter, the crushed pieces are soaked in a solution for a few hours to turn them into cellulose. This takes place in specialist farms in China.

The cellulose is then dried, pressed, crushed and left out for evaporation to remove some of the residues from the solution. The remainder is added again to a solution and forced through a spinnerette, like a showerhead or a nozzle. On the other side, it is rapidly cured to form a material similar to cotton wool that can be knit into a fabric.

The bamboo fibre is then transported to India, to an established manufacturing facility where it is mixed with a small percentage of certified organic cotton. It is essential to add cotton for durability. The finished yarn is then shipped directly to Canada where it is knit, dyed, cut and sewn.

This process, where Bamboo is reduced down to basic cellulose then reformed is why it is classed as a regenerated fabric and known sometimes as bamboo viscose or viscose rayon.