Thursday, October 31, 2019




It is a re-generated fibre.  Bamboo fibre is not directly obtained from bamboo tree. It is  a cellulosic fibre. It is manufactured from the pulp of bamboo plant’s wood. It  is a re-generated  rayon made of cellulose obtained from bamboo plant. Since this fibre is re-generated from bamboo pulp, so that this is called bamboo rayon fibre. The bamboo fibres are also extracted by enzyme retting without converting the bamboo wood into pulp. This kind of fibre is known as " bamboo linen". It is composed of cellulose, Hemi cellulose, and lignin mainly.




There are more than 1600 species of bamboo plant  found in the different parts of the world. “These species of bamboo are grown  in various  climatic conditions from cold mountains to hot tropical regions”. Near about  millions hectares area  of our planet is covered with bamboo plant. The most of area covered by bamboo plants is found in Asia continent.

The most suitable temperature for bamboo plant ranges from " 20 °C to 26 °C". The bamboo plant grows in those regions which are located  above 900 – 1600 metres from sea level. The bamboo plants require annual average rain fall of "2000 – 2500" milimetres. The bamboo plant grows well in the surrounding atmosphere having relative humidity of approximately "75% - 85 %" . Weak or moderate wind helps bamboo plant to stand well.  The high growth rate of bamboo and the fact that bamboo can grow in such diverse climates makes the bamboo plant a sustainable and versatile resource.


Scientifically, the bamboo plant falls in the  category of a grass. It is as not a tree. Since we know that bamboo plant’s vast root network sprouts new shoots after each harvesting, therefore there is ni need to of replantation of bamboo plant after harvesting. They grow again after each harvesting. The bamboo plantation requires for one time only.s The vast root network almost zoom up while we watch them, pulling in sunlight and greenhouse gases and converting them to new green growth. Bamboo  just might be the world’s most sustainable resource. It is the fastest growing grass and can shoot up a yard or more a day. 


Bamboo plant doesn't require any kind of fertilizer and pesticide to boost it's growth. We can say that the bamboo plant is a pure organic source for producing textile fibres. The presence of antimicrobial substance in the bamboo plant prevent the attack of pest and fungi.  Although  some pathogen problems do still exist in some bamboo plantations. 


when a new shoot comes out  from the ground, the new bamboo tree achieves its full growth within the period of 8 to 10 weeks. “The tree is gotten maturity in 3–5 years”. Bamboo is re-harvested continuously without  damaging the surrounding environment. Since  bamboo is a type of grass, sothat it  grows automatically after being harvesting like grass of lawn .This regular harvesting is actually of benefit to the health of the plant. The some studies  show that felling of canes leads to healthy re-growth and an increase in the amount of biomass the next year 


The bamboo is high yield crop.  The yields ( out put) of bamboo crop falls up to  60 tonnes per hectare. It is more than the most of the trees.  Today, when the land use is under big pressure, bamboo’s high yield per hectare becomes very significant.


There are two processes used to produce bamboo fibres:

Mechanical process

Chemical process


Litrax (Swiss company)  engaged in the producing the bamboo fibre claims that their process is  more natural during processing the bamboo wood into fibres. In  the mechanical method of producing bamboo fibre, the woody parts of plant are crushed with the help of crushing machine. The enzyme retting is applied to  this crushed material using  natural enzymes. These enzymes helps to break the  bamboo walls into a soft and pulpy mass. The natural fibres get obtained after retting. These natural fibres are combed out mechanically and are spun into the yarn.  This method of production is similar to production process used in linen jute or hemp fibres. This production method is more eco friendly than other method. “Due to more natural method of producing bamboo fibres, the  fabrics made from this bamboo fibres are  also called bamboo linen”. This method of production is not used commonly because this is much labour consuming process. The cost of production is too high. Due to these reasons very small quantity of bamboo linen is produced for clothing. 


This method of production of bamboo fibres is used commonly but it is not a eco friendly method of production. In this process bamboo fibres are regenerated from cellulose obtained from bamboo pulp like rayon or modal. “Due to much similar method of production bamboo fibres obtained by this method is also known as bamboo rayon”. Chemically manufactured bamboo fibre is a regenerated cellulosic  fibre.  Chemically manufactured bamboo fibre has feel and hand similar to that of rayon and modal.

Chemical method of producing bamboo fibres is basically  the same process, which is  used to produce rayon fibre from wood or cotton lints. Generally hydrolysis  alkalization with multi-phase bleaching technology is used  in chemical process of producing bamboo fibres. This is very common and dominating technology. The whole process completes in following steps:

1. First of all the leaves and soft inner pith is extacted from the bamboo trunk. This material is crushed mechanically.

2. The crushed material is kept in a solution of sodium hydroxide (NaOH) having concentration of 15% - 20% for soaking. This soaking process takes 1- 3 hours to complete. Temperature during soaking is kept between 20 °C – 25 °C. A alkali solution of bamboo cellulose results after completion of soaking. 

3. The alkali solution  of bamboo cellulose  is then pressed to remove any excess amount of  sodium hydroxide solution. Now this alkali cellulose is crushed with the help of a grinding machine . the grinded material is left for drying for a period of 24 hours. 

4. Approximately  a third as much carbon disulphide  is added to the bamboo alkali cellulose. The carbon disulphide sulphurize  the  bamboo alkali cellulose and compound jell results. Any remaining amount of  carbon disulphide  is removed by evaporation due to decompression and cellulose sodium xanthogenate results.

5. A diluted solution of sodium hydroxide is added to the cellulose sodium xanthogenate. This sodium hydroxide completely dissolves the cellulose sodium xanthogenate. Viscose solution of it results now. This viscose solution contains 5% sodium hydroxide and 7%-15% bamboo cellulose.

6. “Now this viscose solution is ready for spinning”.The viscose  bamboo cellulose is passed through spinneret nozzles with the help of high pressure feeding pump. The fibres coming out from nozzles of spinneret go  into a large vessel having solution of diluted sulphuric acid. This sulphuric acid makes hard to viscose bamboo cellulose sodium xanthogenate and reconverts it to cellulosic bamboo fibres. These fibres are wound on to the bobbins or cut into stapple fibres as per requirement. 


The properties of bamboo fibres are given in below table:


The bamboo fibre has following uses:

• Apparels, sweaters, bath-suits, underwear, tight t-shirt, socks.

Because of its anti-bacterial property, the  non-woven fabrics made of bamboo fibres are widely used  to make  hygiene products such as sanitary napkin, masks, mattress,food-packing bags.

It is used to make home furnishing products such as curtain, television cover, wall-paper and sofa slip cover.

Due to good moisture absorbency, it is used to make   towel and bath robe.

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