In this post I’ll be talking about Bamboo and Linen—the characteristics, as well as the pros and cons associated with yarn made from these plant-based fibers.
Yarn made from bamboo is becoming increasingly popular. Items knit with bamboo and bamboo-blend yarns exhibit the following qualities:
- drapes well,
- absorbs and evaporates sweat quickly,
- the insulating quality keeps one warm in winter and cool in summer,
- individuals who are sensitive to wool and other fibers can wear bamboo clothing without problems, and
- the softness of the fabric is hard to resist.
On the downside, bamboo fabric will shrink so special handling when washing is required.
Linen (made from Flax)
One of the oldest textiles, linen was used by ancient civilizations around the Mediterranean and is said to be the strongest natural fiber.
- excellent for summer clothing
- is tough and durable
- becomes softer with laundering.
On the negative side, 100% linen wrinkles badly. It is also quite stiff and unwieldy. For that reason flax is often blended with cotton.