Looking for beautiful comfortable clothing made from Bamboo, look to Camilles Boutique & Gallery in historic Ladner Village. www.camilles.ca
Designer Roxanne Rose-Bouchard is Quallicum Cloth Works. She writes
” I have been designing and making hand-printed clothing in my home-based studio since 1992 . I use mainly natural and organic fibres. I love to hand dye my fabrics and garments. Exploring colours and colour combinations is an endless and inspiring journey! My other interests include working with shells and driftwood, furniture and décor, knitting and crocheting. I love to explore Vancouver Island on my Harley Davidson”
According to Fibre2Fashion.com the benefits of Bamboo fibre is as follows:
Benefits of Bamboo Fibre:
- Antibacterial – keeps you odor free and feeling and smelling fresh
- Highly sweat absorbent (Pulls moisture from skin for evaporation – moisture wicking) – keeps you dry
- Powerfully insulating – keeps you cooler in summer and warmer in winter
- One of the softest fabrics on the planet you’ll love the way it feels
- Naturally UV protectant – protect yourself from skin cancer
- Hypoallergenic – natural bamboo does not cause allergic reactions
- Most eco-friendly fabric on the planet – help save your planet
“During the 1990’s, before saving our world became a mainstream concern, what we consumed and used to create products, foods, and apparel with were unimportant. But among all other crazes that have emerged in the 21st century, ‘going green’ has taken the front seat in almost every industry.
Even the fashion industry which is obviously known for its concern in creating style and setting new trends has incorporated ways to be more environmentally friendly. With the growing popularity of a new fabric made of bamboo, designers have slowly begun to use bamboo fabric in many of their up coming collections.
Historically in Asia, bamboo was used for the hand-made production of paper. But thanks to modern manufacturing, bamboo pulp is now capable of creating bamboo fiber which can be used to make yarn and fabric. Bamboo fabric is a natural textile made from the pulp of the bamboo grass, the bamboo fiber is then made by pulping the bamboo grass until it separates into thin threads of fiber, which is then spun and dyed for weaving into cloth.
Bamboo fabric is similar to the softness of silk. Since the fibers are without chemical treatment, they are naturally smoother and rounder with no sharp spurs to irritate the skin, making bamboo fabric hypoallergenic and perfect for those who experience allergic reactions to other natural fibers such as wool or hemp. On that same note, bamboo is also antibacterial and antifungal. This is because bamboo possesses an anti-bacteria and bacteriostatic bio-agent called “Bamboo Kun”, allowing it to naturally flourish and grow in the wild without the use of pesticides or fertilizers. This beneficial quality of the plant remains in its textile form, killing all bacteria keeping the wearer feeling fresher and odor free for longer, making the garment healthier and more hygienic.
Unlike many of the other fabrics, bamboo is extremely breathable. The natural bamboo plant keeps itself cool in the heat and like its other properties, is also maintained in its fabric form. The cross-section of the bamboo fiber is covered with micro-gaps giving the fabric better moisture absorption and ventilation. As a result, it is able to keep the wearer almost two degrees cooler in the heat and noticeably warmer in the cold. Bamboo fabric is also “anti static and UV protective as it cuts out 98% of harmful UV rays” providing the wearer with another beneficial quality from bamboo made clothing.” https://www.fibre2fashion.com/industry-article/3842/benefits-of-bamboo-fabric
At Camilles you find a unique mix of products and brands you cannot find anywhere else locally…
Brands We Carry:
- Qualicum Clothworks
- Xpooos Socks – the Art of Socks
- Inoah Apparel
- Printed Yoga pants by Kathy Swift, artist
- BraveNewArt – silk scarves
- Rachael Chatoor wearable garments
- Karen Gunner Leather belts and purses
- Wild & Raven – Bamboo, Hemp and Cotton Clothiers
- Handmade Hats
- Downtown Denny Apparel
- Coastal Exposure Clothing Company