Bamboo and cotton are two of the most common plants on planet Earth. It's no wonder both were taken and turned into something everyone uses--clothing! Cotton has been woven into fabric since ancient times, making it a staple in the textile industry. Though bamboo has many historical uses, it was only recently used to create fabrics, making it a new player in the world of fabric. That's why everyone has heard of a cotton T-shirt, but not many have heard of a bamboo T-shirt.
- If an article is clothing is 100% cotton, then it was completely created from natural materials.
- Cotton can be processed in many ways. Depending on how the fabric was handled, cotton can be soft, stiff, wrinkly, thin, thick, and everywhere in between. This means that there are significant differences in how 100% cotton fabrics will feel. All of our 100% cotton head wear is soft and comfortable, but it doesn't all feel the same. For example, our Trinity Turban, Butterfly Fringe Beanie, and Wood Block Head Scarves are all 100% cotton, but they each have a different feel and texture.
- Cotton can be made into yarn to create thicker fabrics that are well suited for cooler weather.
- Cotton typically has a lot of body, meaning the fabric provides volume and fullness. This makes it an excellent choice for head wear!
- Cotton is naturally breathable.
- Bamboo fabric, or bamboo viscose, is a type of rayon. This means that it is created by extracting cellulose from wood-pulp.
- Although the weight and thickness of bamboo fabrics can vary, bamboo viscose has pretty consistent feel. It has a soft, luxurious texture that feels like a cross between super fine cotton and silk.
- Bamboo viscose has a cooling property, wicks moisture, and adapts to the body's temperature for comfortable wear. This makes it perfect to wear underneath head coverings as a wig cap or scarf pad. It is also great to wear during exercise.
- Bamboo has natural antibacterial properties, so it is good for those with compromised immune systems due to cancer and chemotherapy.
- Bamboo viscose is slinky, smooth, and form fitting. To get a fuller look, the fabric is pleated, bustled, or layered.
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-Cotton has been used to create fabric for as long as 8000 years with evidence of cotton being used in India and Pakistan as early as 6000 BC.
-The US alone uses approximately 17.3 million bales (8.65 billion pounds) of cotton per year. China produces 35 million bales and India produces 26.5 million bales per year. That's a lot of cotton.
-Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on earth.
-A panda's diet is 99% bamboo.
-Because of bamboo's natural anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, it is grown without the use of harsh chemicals and pesticides.
-Rayon was the first man made fabric. It was patented in 1884 by the Count of Chardonnay under the name Chardonnay silk.