Creating beautiful, functional architecture and installation art out of fabric is a phenomenon of the modern age. It is only in the past 100 years that fabric has been used for large structures such as bridges, domes, as well as canopies, shelters, and buildings. Unlike materials such as stone or wood, fabric is flexible and dynamic, adding an extra dimension to artistic works. Artists and architects all over the world have chosen to use fabric for its unique, expressive features.1. ColombiaAt a busy roundabout in Cucuta, Colombia, a pedestrian bridge constructed from bamboo and fabric was installed in 2009. Likely the largest bamboo and tensioned fabric structure ever built, the bridge has become well-known, even winning an Award for Excellence from the Industrial Fabrics Association International. A defining part of Cucuta’s urban landscape, the bridge is popular with the city’s residents.2. New ZealandArtist Anish Kapoor creates art for both permanent and temporary installation. One of his most stunning permanent pieces resides at ‘The Farm’, an outdoor art gallery near Auckland, New Zealand. The bright red fabric sculpture is 84 meters long, weighing in at over 90,000 kilograms. It consists of two 25 meter steel ellipses, one aligned horizontally and one vertically. These are connected and covered by PVC coated polyester fabric that weighs 7,200 kilograms on its own. A special cut was made in the hillside to hold the sculpture. When it is looked through, the sculpture gives the viewer a kaleidoscopic way to see the surrounding countryside.3. South AfricaThe Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, South Africa was constructed for the 2010 football World Cup. Port Elizabeth is called the ‘Windy City’ because of its location on the coast, and the fabric stadium was built specifically to protect fans from the local elements. It is a handsome, open-air structure with translucent fabric sides, meant to allow natural light through to the inner space. The fabric is Teflon, because it is easy to maintain and lasts a long time. 22,000 square meters of Teflon were used.4. United StatesThe work ‘Surrounded Islands’ was created in 1983 by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, a married couple who design environmental works of art. The islands surrounded were in Biscayne Bay, near the coast of Florida. 603, 850 square meters of pink polypropylene fabric was used to cover the coastlines of 11 islands. The fabric was left in place for two weeks so the public could admire the artwork. Before the islands were surrounded, workers for the project spent about a year cleaning up rubbish from each land mass and its surrounding waters.
This year will be dedicated for promotion of benefits of natural fibers as against the disadvantages of synthetic fibers. This also makes it necessary to do an analysis of synthetic fibers industry as to what is being done by it in order to contribute to world’s sustainability and for reducing its carbon footprint.Synthetic fabrics had been liked by masses due to their low cost, easy manageability and technical competence. However, with rising costs of energy, transportation, and raw materials and growing concern for environment, the challenge before this industry is that of making available eco-fabrics at competitive prices.The synthetic fibers industry has already started changing its attitude by focusing on business with the aim of sustainable development. REACH, the regulation that will monitor the usage of chemicals, has already come into effect in the European Union which is being studied by other countries that are expected to follow suit. The artificial fibers manufacturers have increased the use of more renewable raw materials like cellulosic fibers. Some companies are already using polymers recycled from post-consumer waste, such as polyethylene terephthalate bottles. New researches are underway to explore new raw materials from quickly growing plants like sugar cane, grass and straw. Retailers too have started providing eco labels giving information about the eco friendly processes and materials used for making the final garments.The Synthetic fibers industry is an indispensable part of textile industry and with growing demand for technical textiles and nonwovens as well as for managing demands for ever increasing global population, it will survive but with eco-friendly options.
Today’s Architect has a tough decision to make when it comes to choosing materials. There is steel and glass and concrete and wood. What about fabric! Architectural Fabric Structures are fast becoming a very common and visible part of the built environment. No longer used for garden parties and traveling circuses, these structures come in many new forms and uses.
Fabric structures are being designed for as few as one person as in a boutique resort hotel in the outback of Australia, to covering 50,000 plus at the Super Bowl in Houston, Texas. Fabric Structures are now also being designed to cover animals as well like at Seaworld, Orlando where these structures cover dolphins to prevent them from sun burn (they get sun burn too?). And let’s not forget Man’s newest best friend, the automobile. More and more, the automobile has taken center stage where valet parking attendants, airport parking owners and car dealers are discovering the advantages of covering automobiles.
Fabric Structures are beings used as roofs, sails, walls, lights, shades and even signs. With all these different uses and forms, there are a variety of materials to choose from depending on one’s needs, budget and design.
The best way to determine which material to use is to see what has already been used for the building type you are considering.
If you are interested in structures such as tents or umbrellas where the main objective is to provide temporary, nomadic shelter, you are probably looking at vinyl laminated or coated polyester.
If you are researching awnings and canopies, the options are endless. You are most likely to hear words like acrylic canvas and backlit fabrics and materials which you can apply graphics to.
If shade is your primary concern, the buzz word is structural mesh, high density polyethylene (HDPE), perforations and percentage of light transmission.
For warehousing, industrial applications and temporary buildings, a common term may be clear spans or pre-engineered fabric building with materials that are mold and mildew resistant like polyolefin.
The interior and lighting industry have their own variety of fabrics where flame resistance, UL ratings and percentage of reflectance are the most important issues.
Air and Tension Fabric Structures rely heavily on the fabric’s structural characteristics so tensile strength, sound absorption and solar transmission play a major role in their selection.
So, What material do you use?
Is your project near the water? Is it meant to last 20 years? Do you want to see it from afar or do you want it to be dark inside at noon? These are all important questions one should answer before you even start. Fabric Structures have very few components. In most cases, it is just steel, fabric, cables and hardware. The choice for each component will most certainly affect the others. Other issues include: span, size, availability, cost, codes, etc.
In most States, permanent, totally enclosed structures require a “non combustible” or Class A/B rating according to Building Codes. The most recognized and accepted material used for Architectural Applications is Teflon Coated Fiberglass or PTFE.
Recognized manufacturers include Saint Gobain, Verseidag, FiberTech and Taconic. Teflon comes to the site brown like a pair of khakis but bleaches to a milky white over time (usually 4-8 weeks). The biggest problem with Teflon is that it is stiff and brittle and must be handled very carefully to avoid breaking the fibers. The best part is its life span (25+ years) and its “self cleaning” attributes.
Other “non combustible” materials include Silicon Coated Fiberglass, Gore Brand Tenara Architectural Fabrics and Ethylene tetra ethylene or ETFE.
Silicon has been out on the market for quite some time. Unlike Teflon coated fiberglass which can be heat welded, Silicon must be glued with a special adhesive. The advantage of silicon over Teflon is its translucency, cost and availability of colors. Gore Brand Tenara is also in the “non combustible category”. Its advantages include its high translucency, long life span and it is more pliable than silicon or Teflon so it can be used for retractable structures.
ETFE is not really a fabric but a film presently being promoted as an alternative to structural glass. It is “green” friendly and is the new hot material to Architects world wide today. It is being used in FIFA Stadiums in Germany, the Olympic Games in China, being specified for commercial buildings and retail and the choice for creating artificial rainforests for zoos and Science Centers.
The majority of fabric structures being considered today are for uses which do not require complete enclosure. That means, they are most likely “open air” or do not require a Class A rating. Class C is the most common rating and NFPA 701 is the most accepted certificate for most Fire Marshals. Vinyl coated polyester (PVC) is the most common material used on the market today.
What’s not to like. The material comes in a variety of colors, strengths, weights, thickness, perforations, translucency and textures. The material is pliable and stretches quite nicely. You can find material with 10, 12 and even 15 year warranties. You can find material that is 50 to 100″ wide so you can have few, fewer or the fewest amounts of seams.
Manufacturers include Ferrari, Mehler, Naizil, Seaman and Verseidag, to name a few. These are the names most seen on Specifications, which means that these companies are directly marketing and assisting the Architect in the early stages of the design.
PVC comes in a variety of top finishes: acrylic, PVDF and PVF film. There is much debate about top finishes but all manufacturers agree that they are needed to protect the base fabric from UV degradation, water and wind. Frankly, it’s all about the coatings. PVF is a film applied to the main fabric while acrylic and PVDF are coatings. Both PVF and PVDF claim to be “self cleaning” or provide the base material with a much cleaner and maintenance free surface but both require additional work in the shop which may be unknown to the Architect. Both top of the line PVF and PVDF require that the top coat or film where two panels are to meet be grinded off in order for them to be RF welded. This is time consuming and requires great care in order to keep the seams clear of dirt, model and mildew. There are “weldable” PVDF but their warranties are not as long as the high tech top coats.PVC Structures love graphics and provide a great backdrop for projected images.
Today, more and more fabric structures are being designed for shade only. Structural mesh and perforated fabrics are being specified because of the need for shade, the need to allow the elements to go through the material and the need for a space to “see through and be seen”. The material most often used is high density polyethylene (HDPE). Manufacturers include Multiknit, Coolaroo and Shadetex. This material is a higher grade mesh than what one would see at a home improvement warehouse or at an outdoor furniture store. HDPE is used for playgrounds, areas requiring hail protection, schools, day care centers as well as theme parks and spaces of public assembly. Mesh is hot so you can stay cool. Mesh comes in colors, fire rated and with different perforations. It has a life span of 8-10 years and in most cases lowers the size and loads on the structural system and foundations because it takes less wind.
If you want to keep it simple, then work with materials which do not rely on their structural characteristics for its stability. These materials are usually clad on a frame. The materials are usually vinyl laminated polyester, acrylic coated canvas, and materials with a light topcoat. Sunbrella is a common brand name. The material has less technical information available for applying them to fully engineered lightweight structures but when used as a cladding on a frame, they offer many opportunities to the Architect. One can apply graphics to the material, bring texture to the surface or make something truly unique.
If you want to look at materials for interior application, look no further than the industrial fabric industry and Theatrical Drapery. There are lightweight PTFE materials used for ceilings in dome stadiums, PVC fabrics are used for interior tensioned fabric sculptures while theatrical drapery materials from companies like Rosebrand and Dazian are used for a softer look. Spandex/Lycra is another common material used for transforming temporary and permanent spaces but require the material be fire treated prior to fabrication.
Lastly, it doesn’t hurt to dream about the future of architectural fabrics. The wish list would include “Smart” fabrics, fabrics that change color according to weather, light or mood. Fabrics made with optic and photovoltaic fibers, materials with longer life spans, higher tensile strength, improved self cleaning, higher translucency and environmentally friendly.
The future of Architectural Fabric Structures depends on the continuing effort of manufacturers to improve its existing products and to introduce new materials.
Artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers is called fabric. Fabric is the primary material to make a cloth piece. For textile industry fabric is most essential thing to have and be produced. You can not do anything without fabric. Besides making clothes for wearing in interior designing, and upholster furniture textile is very important. A good and bright cloth can make your interior or a dress so beautiful and comfortable. There are many types of fabrics which can serve your purposes. While you are going to buy fabric you must be careful about certain things and they are the price range, then comes your necessity whether you want natural or artificial fabric or between them etc. and another most important thing is for what you are going to use them. You will for sure not use a textile for curtain to make your wedding dress. Therefore choose a shop specially selling that kind of fabrics. Another very handy and cheap destination for fabrics can be wholesale shop. You will be getting the textile at a cheaper price than you could if you bought it in smaller amounts from a store. The more silk fabric or chiffon fabric that you buy wholesale, the cheaper the price will be for each yard that you buy. While you might not be able to use large amounts of wholesale fabric for your family, when you get together with other families that would like to buy fabric wholesale, you might find that you can get the textile at cheap prices and then divide it amongst those who have contributed money.You can buy silk fabric from a wholesaler shop. Among various fabrics available in market silk fabric is most desired and popular for its soft and sensational touch and feel. It makes the user comfortable and makes him or her looking better than any other textile. Silk fabric was discovered in china and it is mainly produced in India, china and other eastern countries naturally. Apart from this artificial and mechanical silk is also produced all over the world. Chiffon, georgette, art silk, Viscose and satin are mainly different kinds of silk fabric. With silk somewhere cotton and other materials are mixed to get all these types of cloths. It is a sophisticated and luxury fabric with superb texture and luster. It is great for draping, sheets and pillows. It makes rooms to look spectacular.Silk is sated as the queen of all textiles as it has a delicate touch and sensation when wearing. Silk caterpillars or moths spun their cocoon and form this cocoon silk fabric is collected. Mainly four types of silk fabric are used for manufacturing and they are muga silk mulberry silk, tasar silk and eri silk. Chiffon fabric is also a variation of silk fabric. it is made in a certain weaving technique and is made with various fabrics apart from silk and those are cotton, synthetic fibers or rayon. But chiffon fabric made from silk is most smooth and rich in quality comparing with other chiffon variations.
In the world of art the possibilities are endless. The graceful mix of colors, texture and style is simply breathtaking. Quilting as an art is never exempted of these joyous wonders and the task to sort out the best quilting fabric can be quite a challenge.Out on one of your trips to a quilt fabric store you stumble upon an exceptional array of quilt patterns and fabrics. With varying hues and different material qualities, the choosing part gets to be so difficult to complete. Exigent as it may seem, this parcel of the process is not to be taken for granted for this is where the possibility of creating a standout quilt begins.There are considerations to be made in choosing a good quilting fabric. Captivating façade of intricate patterns and eye-catching colors can bring much of a deception yet there is so much underneath the surface that you are to take into account. First, consider the material. Experts in quilting industry go for fabrics purely made of cotton. This is also recommended for quilting novices considering that this product of natural fiber is so easy to play around with.Fabric grains go second in the list. With a careful interplay of crosswise and lengthwise weave, flawlessly aligned and angled patterns are created. A superior quilting cloth will be one that is in a straight line running along both directions, resulting to perfect ninety-degree angles at the area where they cross. It should be amply woven, not too tight nor too loose. A slackly woven textile causes trouble in tears and rips. You can never go wrong with moderately dense fabric. With ample pressures and tightness, quilting your way off to your masterpiece would be all too easy.Check and examine if the material is colourfast. Inferior quilting fabrics fade even after few washes. You would want to preserve the tints your quilt, so make sure of considering this tip prior to fabric purchase.In the choice of fabrics, the color scheme is always the key. Sealed in dyes and shades matter most especially because color alone has the power to enhance or obliterate the beauty of your end product. As a rule keep blue based colors for a cold appeal and yellow and red-based colors for warmer approach. Note that black will dim a color whilst white is intended to brighten it.You are bound to craft something as intricate and stunning as your masterwork quilt. Do justice by taking the time to spot for value-worth indicators of superb quilting fabric.
An industrial fabric structure is an all-purpose building that is specially engineered for virtually any job. Whether environmental, remediation, construction sites, to commodity storage, clear span tents are the ideal solution. Clear span fabric tents are transportable; within just a few short weeks the structure can be up and running in a new location should the requirements change.What makes a clear span fabric structure ideal is that they come in almost any size and in multiple shapes. What if you realize after 6 months or even 6 years that you’re running out of warehouse space? Clear span fabric buildings are modular and expandable. There’s no restructuring of existing beams and re-designing current structures, a fabric structure can simply add additional bays at any time.The structure design and assembly makes it an ideal structure for any climate in any season, for any purpose. Whether a special event facility, or an industrial manufacturing company needing clear spans for your machinery, Clear span fabric enclosures are fit for the job. With a bit of design work fabric buildings can be installed on a wheel rolling system. Each job can be specially engineered to move structures as required, whether it’s for a fencing repair enclosure, or any other enclosure needing relocation as the project progresses.More uses are arising every day for fabric buildings. They’re becoming most desirable because fabric structures can save their owners money and time of construction. Fabric structures save weeks or even months in the design phase of the project as well as the installation. Where conventional construction takes several months to years, a clear span building from can be completed and installed within 8-12 weeks from purchase date.A clear span structure can be operational in such a timely manner because they’re pre-engineered. Structures come with multiple options for truss (bay) spacings to meet local jurisdiction codes in your area. Structures come out of the box ready for a 90MPH wind load and up to 50LB snow load. In fact, fabric buildings are designed to shed snow. Many fabric structure owners are located in northern Canada because other metal building suppliers and conventional construction can’t guarantee snow shed ability.Fabric structures are among the most affordable structures on the market today. Most structures are constructed of steel truss beams bolted together using purlins and attached to the ground using a base plate system, therefore making it an affordable solution for your construction needs. No poured concrete walls are required to secure your fabric structure.
If you are opening or renovating a bar, restaurant or any other venue where food and drinks are served, you should definitely consider sheet metal fabrication. This will enable you to get custom fixtures and fittings of the highest quality. As a result, you will provide exceptional service and experience to customers and your business will prosper and grow.What’s On OfferYou can hire a sheet metal fabrication company to make all of the bar fixtures and fittings which you require. Most owners order beer pumps, bar pourers and dip trays, but there are many other items which you can get. The list includes rails, racks and hangers which are installed over the bar. You can have the company to create an entire over-bar platform for you. You can have railings which go around the bar and posts made from metal as well. If you work with a provider of comprehensive services, everything from the design and engineering of the items to their delivery and installation will be done for you.Complete CustomisationAs you know, every bar has to be attractive and cosy in addition to being functional. In the hospitality industry, the venue is as important as the service. For these reasons, it pays of to get custom fixtures and fittings for your bar. With the right sheet metal fabrication company, you can get full customisation. You can readily work with the designer team to come up with uniquely designed items for your venue. In this way, you will be able to create a truly unique atmosphere which cannot be enjoyed anywhere else.You can select not only the designs, but the finishes as well. While most items are made from stainless steel, they can be given a special finish to reflect the style of the venue. You can go for a glossy copper finish if you have chosen a modern urban style for your place. If your bar has a more traditional and somewhat rustic appeal, you can go for a coppery finish whose warm feel will make the place even cosier.High QualityYou can expect to get fabricated fixtures and fittings of the highest quality. They will have the aesthetics and functionality which you require. They will be strong and durable. You should expect them not to get marked, scratched or dented easily. Similarly, they will be resistant to the damaging effects of liquids and moisture.You should definitely hire a sheet metal fabrication company to make custom bar fixtures and fittings for you.
Most buildings and infrastructures today are made of a combination of various supplies or materials. Steel, of course, is one of the core materials used in various building and construction projects.In the building and construction industry, fabricated steel is used for and in different applications. Fabricated steel refers to steel components that are manufactured, assembled, and joined to form a complete frame.The quality and appearance of fabricated steel that you will need for a particular project or application will depend greatly on the steel fabricating company you will choose. To make sure that you will get high-quality products or supplies, take note of the following tips when selecting a steel fabricating company:Choose a steel fabrication company that has the experience and capability to work with a broad array of metals. For instance, one component of the infrastructure may require stainless steel as parts while in some areas, copper or mild steel may be needed. It is important to make sure that the fabricating company you choose can handle mild and stainless steel, copper, brass, bronze, aluminum, and other types of metal.Select a fabricator that has various types of equipment capable of fabricating different materials. In steel fabrication, different techniques are used to form various kinds of metal. For instance, the techniques for forming and welding stainless steel are different from the ones used on aluminum. As such, the fabricating company should have all the necessary types of machinery capable of handling all possible needs. Generally, the company’s range of equipment should be able to cut, punch, drill, form, weld, and polish the materials you will need.Go with a company that has talented, skilled and qualified craftsmen who have experience in different types of steel fabricating techniques. To have high quality fabricated steel, in addition to the equipment, the company should boast of only the best craftsmen as well. The steel fabricating company should have or employ the best methods of training their personnel so that the “tricks of the trade” can be passed down from person to person.Lastly, choose a company that is capable of handling both high and low volume projects. Whether your demand for fabricated steel is large or small, the last thing you want is your order not being delivered to you on time or not delivered at all. Take the time to find out if the company always delivers what they promise by checking out customer feedback or reviews which you can read online.Read more about the services and products offered by steel fabricating companies here.
From the early years on, men and women have dressed with dignity. Women wore long “tunics” that covered pretty much everything and covered their heads with veils starting in the time of Noah all the way through King David. This basic style did not change all that much for centuries. In the late 1500’s, fashion became much more ornate though the basic clothing remained the same: long gown with long sleeves and a head covering of some sort. There was also lots of embroidery and decoration. It was also around this time that the corset was introduced. It wasn’t long before it became the classic element of women’s clothing. Around the time of the French Revolution, the trend of high-waisted dresses with straight, boyish silhouettes and flattened bust lines took hold. This is the style you see in Pride and Prejudge and Jane Austin. However, this fashion revolution didn’t last all that long and fashion returned back to its traditional style. Here in the United States, waistlines were at the natural spot and the styles were fancy. Men wore ruffled shirts, tight knee-breeches, and powdered wigs. In the mid-1800’s, skirts started becoming very full with hoops and crinoline petticoats. You often see this style in photographs taken during the Civil War. The bustling at the back of the dress started around this time also.Modern fashion started taking shape around the 1900’s. The hemlines moved above the ankle and fashion became simpler. It is interesting to note that the women’s clothing trends of the day follow the same pattern as the trends in society. The Industrial Revolution (around 1800) enabled women to work outside the home which changed the way the dressed. In 1920, women were given the right to vote and this is where we first saw the departure from the classic style of dress! In the roaring 1920’s, you saw women with short hair with skirts raised to the knees and sleeveless bodices. Coco Chanel (Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel) was the driving force behind these drastic changes. Around the same time, designers Yves Saint-Laurent and Courreges introduced dressy pantsuits for women. During World War II, women were often working in factories. They wore trousers and coveralls to work but kept their feminine style of dress for home. After the war, the men came home to white-collar suits of the middle class or blue-collar uniforms of the working class. Women were expected to wear makeup and pretty dresses. In the 1960s, young people started to question society and its prim and proper dress. You would often see women with long hair, no makeup, and barefoot. Men also grew their hair long, grew beards, and wore blue jeans. Music also inspired new styles. In the 1970s, you often saw men’s pantsuits and women’s metallic dresses and glitter.Below is a timeline of some interesting points in the history of fabric:6000 BC – During a geological dig, fine-spun and plied-thread, plain weave tabby cloths and garments were found dating back to this time period.3300 BC – In the Similaun Glacier, the Ice Man was found wearing the gear of a Neolithic traveler. The Iceman’s basic piece of clothing was an unlined fur robe stitched together from pieces of ibex, chamois, and deer skin. A woven grass cape and a furry cap provided additional protection from the cold, and he wore shoes made of leather and stuffed with grass.490 BC – Quilting was known to the ancient Persians and, at the time of the Battle of Marathon (490 BC), quilted garments were worn as armor.1130 – Skilled weavers who came to Palermo from Greece and Turkey produced elaborate fabrics of silk interlaced with gold.1519 – Cotton is discovered in Central and South America by Pizarro and Cortez.1631-1633 (roughly) – Calico is imported from Calicut, India by the East India Company1708-1716 – A series of laws prohibiting the importation of printed silk textiles thus making calico’s and silk textiles more popular than ever is signed into law by William III.1858 – Englishman Charles Worth establishes first haute couture fashion house in Paris1873 – Levi Strauss & Company receives their patent for blue jeans1885-1889 – Rayon is invention in France and shown at the Paris Exposition of 1889.1913 – Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel opens a boutique in Deauville, France. She revolutionizes and democratizes women’s fashion with tailored suits, chain-belted jerseys, and quilted handbags. She’s the most copied fashion designer in history.1936 – Nylon is created by DuPont1941 – The first polyester fiber called Terylene is produced.1942 – Polyurethane (Spandex) is invented.1947 – Christian Dior reestablishes Paris as a fashion center. He revives haute couture with tight waist, stiff petticoats, and billowing skirts.1948 – Textiles become the second largest industry in the US. The consume consumption per capita of fibers 27 pounds of cotton, 6.3 pounds rayon, 4.9 pounds of wool.1950 – The first commercial application for “Orlon” an acrylic wool substitute.1955 – Velcro is created1958 – Eastman Kodak introduces Kodel polyester.1960 – London boutique owner Mary Quant champions the youth movement and introduces mini-skirt, hot pants. She also launched Twiggy as supermodel and becomes 1960s most influential 1960s designer.1966 – Kevlar, which is 5 times stronger than steel, is invented.1968 – Calvin Klein begins producing elegant, simple clothes, favoring neural earth tones and luxurious fabrics. Ralph Lauren creates men’s wear line and expands into women’s wear. He favors natural fabrics, and his designs feature western or country motifs.1970s – A growing market for organically grown food was firmly established and the production of naturally grown fabrics soon followed suit..1974 – Giorgio Armani creates a men’s wear line and popularizes Italian tailoring1984 – Donna Karan launches line of versatile, casual knits and favors the color black.2004 – Bamboo fabric starts being manufactured in Asia, bamboo bedding and bamboo clothing start to make their way to the United States. Since then its popularity has grown by leaps and bounds.Clothing has always played a role in our lives throughout history. The history of fashion is intertwined with every major development in American life since we got here in the early 17th century. However, now we are seeing fashion recycle and reinvent itself. Eco-friendly fabrics are part of this new century with hemp, organic cotton and bamboo being the front runners. The fashion industry is looking for ways to not only improve the design/style, but to be environmentally friendly. By going back to an earlier time and trying to be more natural, the fashion industry has quit trying to reinvent the wheel and instead giving the consumers what they want. It’ll be interesting to see what the next ninety years will hold!
Bamboo is commonly thought of in its construction and landscaping forms. Many, however, are catching on to the fact that it makes an excellent fabric. When processed (using natural and eco-friendly methods), bamboo fibers can be transformed into fabric that is softer than cotton with a drape like silk. It is less expensive and more durable but, most importantly, does far less damage to the environment even than organic cotton. It is luxuriously soft with what has been described as a similar feel to cashmere. Its cloth is an indulgence with its wonderful silky softness.Bamboo clothing is for all seasons and for all skin types. It does not stick to the body or skin even on the hottest of days and will always make you feel extremely cool under any condition.Bamboo Fabric is GreenBamboo grows over 3.5ft/day at its maximum height during its peak growth. Unlike other forest trees which require a 60-year recovery period, natural bamboo plants are easily recovered within 2-3 years after cutting without leaving any adverse impact on the environment. A bamboo plantation requires less energy to maintain than any other trees or plants for fiber production. The bamboo plant can survive in drought and in flood.Bamboo fiber is manufactured from 100% bamboo plant using top-of-the-line technologies. Most companies use raw bamboo that is 3-4 years old. Its vast root network assures its sustainability. As new shoots sprout, more sunlight is able to filter through, and greenhouse gases are converted into new green growth. The fiber is completely biodegradable in soil, making it eco-friendly. Bamboo fiber is praised as “the natural, green, and eco-friendly new-type textile material of 21st century.”Bamboo plants thrive even without any pesticide. Research has proven that bamboo contains “bamboo kun”, a singular unique anti-bacteria and bacteriostasis bio-agent that when blended with bamboo binds tightly into the fiber. Bamboo fiber contains natural anti-bacterial components that, unlike chemical antimicrobial treatments, do not cause any skin irritation or allergies when added to clothing. The natural and unique features of anti-bacteria and deodorization of the bamboo fiber have been proven through research by the Japan Textile Inspection Association, which showed that the bacteriostasis is still present in the fabric even after being washed more than 50 times.Bamboo Fabric is Gorgeous Bamboo fabric is destined to revolutionize the clothing industry. What is most notable of bamboo fiber is its unusual breathability and coolness. The micro-gaps & micro-holes that naturally occur in the bamboo fiber make its fabric moisture-absorbing and ventilating. This element enables bamboo fabric to absorb and eliminate moisture instantly. The textiles have many fantastic properties that when combined make this a truly amazing fabric – breathable and cool, nice luster; extremely soft; fast water absorption performance; and anti-bacterial. Those familiar with cotton, nylon and other textiles are amazed with the great difference and comfort bamboo fabric provides.Bamboo Clothing has been tagged “Air-Conditioning Dress.” The fiber is highly absorbent, moisture-rich, quick-drying, anti-bacterial, deodorizer, brightly colored yarn & ultimate softness is breaking textile markets and fashionistas’ choices of clothing and apparel. Designers like as Kate O’Connor, known for creating ponchos and knits, have shifted from silk to the eco-friendly bamboo fabric. Other eco-fashion designers like Amanda Shi and Linda Loudermilk have followed suit.Perhaps the best use of bamboo fibers is for babies, and lots of bamboo clothing is already available in the market, along with towels, blankets, and other linens. Whether at play or at sleep, babies are extremely comfortable when wearing bamboo fibers because the fiber keeps them cool and comfortable.