Tech Analysis of Technical Fabrics: Bamboo, Merino, Synthetic

Hey guys what’s up doing something a little bit different on the channel today I’ve been investigating some new hot weather or workout active working on the car type gear I have been using synthetic stuff for a while and it works great because it dries quickly it’s easy to take care of however I just can’t stand the stink anymore they for some reason these fabrics just hold the smell even after you wash it and I’ve used baking soda of your salt I’ve used specialty detergents and nothing really seems to affect it that much I think it’s just the way that the material is designed it traps bacteria it’s hard to get the bacteria out and it just never really truly gets clean so maybe about a month ago I’d purchased a bamboo shirt which is what you see on the left there and it’s been pretty good however somebody turned me on to the fact that merino wool is actually a very good summer material as well I’m used to using that for base layers and socks for skiing but so I figured I’d give it a shot so I tried to look up some reviews online and they get a lot of mixed things about you know what’s better merino or bamboo what dries faster the pros and cons of each some say bamboo dries faster some say merino dries faster so today we’re gonna do a little experiment and see we’ll see what happens we’re gonna throw all these in the washing machine put it through a cycle and then we’re gonna hang dry it here and do a little elapsed time photography on it and see which one dries faster and then see if we can come to some conclusions about which material is the best so let’s get to it okay an attempt to make this somewhat scientific I’m going to start out by weighing all these shirts they’re all mediums but the fabric weight is a little bit different on all of them I can tell that some of them have a little bit more heft than the other I don’t know the exact specs on all these fabrics I know the merino I think is an ultra light fabric that 150 grams the other two they synthetic here and the bamboo here I’m not sure what those are so just think you kind of get a baseline and go ahead and just weigh them to see if the weight comes into play with drying time so we’re gonna go with synthetic first that’s at 143 to go with the merino next 131 the bamboo one is gonna be last get it on there at a hundred and fifty six so under fifty seven somewhere around there so it looks like definitely the bamboo cotton blend is the heavyweight out of the three all right while these things were in the washer I was trying to figure out a good way of measuring how fast these garments are drying and when I decided on is that I have a measurement from when the garments were dry before they went in the washer and that the best thing to do would be to weigh them at intervals I’m gonna go every like maybe 10 or 20 minutes and we’ll know when they’re dry when they weigh the same amount as they did when we started and then we can take a look at how much weight they gained how fast they’re losing water and and ultimately which one dries the quickest so these I’m gonna do the initial weighing after coming out of the washer I’ve got my scale it’s all zeroed out this is the synthetic shirt get it all in the bowl there and at 245 grams write that down next we’re gonna go to the arena shirt at 229 grams wet so it’s two hundred and twenty nine grams wet and the last is the Intel that this one is gonna be the heaviest the bamboo one it doesn’t feel great right now it’s very wet and very damp like a towel three hundred and sixty grams so weighing quite absorbing quite a bit more water than the rest of them all right so I’m gonna hang these guys up and come back in ten minutes and see where we’re at all right it’s been about ten minutes since these left the washer I just want to show you how I am hanging them up to dry it’s about 79 degrees in here I do have the air conditioning on there’s no fans or any of the vents blowing directly at it so that’s it’s time to go for a way in okay we got the set up here to apologize I lost some of the Sun lighting in here so things are gonna be a little bit darker go with the synthetic first we were ten minutes ago we were at 2:45 we’re at 2:30 for now I’d go with the merino which we were at 229 before 218 now and then going with the bamboo which is still really heavy and wet it just feels like a cotton t-shirt it doesn’t feel that great but it could be because it weighs more so we’ll see yeah three you were at 33 60 out of the washer and we are at 345 right now now for everybody’s favorite moment and the really what makes a great YouTube video is Excel spreadsheets so this is the compilation of all of the data that I took measuring the garments every or almost every 10 minutes while they were drying so this first box up here is the garment weight in grams and this is the this column B is the starting or the dry weight and then we have time here is 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 minutes and then the weight of the actual garment at each point in time so zero is the time that when we may measure it out of the washer and we went all the way up to one hundred and thirty minutes at 10-minute intervals and then I had to go out and I came back about three hours later and I took another measurement so and then below that we have the amount of water loss or gain each fabric took and that’s just the the measure that’s just the difference between you know so s starting throughs though is the amount of water it gained so we did – 45 – 146 that gives you 99 straight across so positive numbers gain negative number is how much it’s losing so what’s interesting here is that the the bamboo shirt was actually at dry it was heavier than some of the other fabrics as I thought I don’t know think though that like I said I don’t have the exact specs on it but right here we’re looking at it’s about 18 percent heavier than the merino and it’s about five percent heavier than synthetic but what’s interesting is that out of the washer it’s it held almost a hundred and eight percent more water than the other two fabrics so it’s only five or eighteen percent heavier of a fabric but it had absorbed a hundred percent more water so coming out of the washer you see the synthetic gained ninety nine grams the merino gained ninety nine grams the bamboo gained almost twice that at two hundred and six grams so right there it’s it’s holding on to a lot more water but then as you look at some of these numbers here you can see that you know they’re all kind of going down as as the garment dries and right around here around ONP this is when the merino is actually starting to dry out a little bit or I would consider dry because I got two consecutive measurements that are the same so it’s not losing a whole lot more water and then you can see the difference from one hundred and thirty minutes to three hundred and ten minutes is only two grams whereas you know the bamboo is still drying because it went from 206 down to 166 grams in those three hours that I was away and but the interesting thing here is that if you look at the gain and loss of water is that the bamboo actually seems to be losing water faster at a faster rate than the merino or the synthetic garment so it’s actually drying faster however it absorbed more water and just to kind of put that graphically I made this little chart here the gray line is the bamboo shirt the blue line is the synthetic shirt and the merino line is this orange so you can see that the merino and the synthetic are drying at about the same rate their slopes in this equation right here I know is this is the technical part of the analysis their slopes are negative point seven six and negative point seven three so that means that they’re drying at approximately the same rate with a slight edge going to the synthetic fabric however you can see that this gray line even though it starts higher its slope is more negative than these two which means it is losing water faster however you look over here and this is the time to drive versus the weight so the synthetic is is you know point eight nine minutes per gram of fabric the merino is 0.92 minutes per gram of fabric the bamboo is at a whopping two minutes per gram of fabric so you might say well wait a minute these two things are kind of you know contradictory one he over here you’re saying that it’s drawing faster than the other two it’s losing water quicker however over here you’re saying that it takes two minutes per gram of fabric and so what I’m attributing that to is the fact that while the bamboo does lose water faster it also absorbed more water in the beginning as we can see here you know two took on like I said almost twice as much water as the the other two fabrics so what does this all kind of boil down to my takeaway from this is that it kind of depends on how you’re going to use the shirt if you’re using all of these shirts as a workout shirt where you’re not getting it super drenched and you’re not going to be out in the rain or someplace like that then I think bamboo is a good option because it dries as quick if not quicker than a merino or a synthetic shirt however if you’re going camping or you’re going someplace where you you need to either wash the clothes and you want to dry it quickly and you don’t have access to a dryer or you’re going someplace where you’re gonna get rained on and just thoroughly soaked through or if you’re going canoeing or kayaking or something and like you fall in and you need your clothes to dry fast bamboo is definitely not a great choice because it holds on to more water when it does get wet then the merino or their synthetic and I mean there’s a couple of other things to consider too is that merino you can apparently wear for like a week straight without it’s developing any smell synthetic well we know it’s it’s a good fabric and it doesn’t absorb a lot of water and it sheds the water pretty quickly like I said before I just can’t take the stink of it bamboo is somewhere in the middle where you can’t wear it as long as the merino you can probably get a couple of days out of it and then it’ll start to smell from this from what I’ve read however you know then you have to factor price until all this as well so the synthetic is relatively inexpensive the merino is very expensive about twice the cost of a bamboo shirt and the bamboo as I said before somewhere in the middle so I hope this kind of helps you I don’t have a definitive answer the answer is unfortunately it depends on which you want to use the garment for but these are my takeaways for and I hope it helps you and making a decision on what fabric is best for you well that does it for this video if you liked what you saw don’t forget to give it a thumbs up and leave a comment if you have any questions or if you have any suggestions about other tests you want to see done on these fabrics just also leave those in the comment and if you know anybody friends family anybody who is struggling with you know what kind of fabric that is suitable for them don’t forget to share this video with them as well so thanks for watching and have a great day you

BedVoyage Rayon from Bamboo Bed Sheets CC

Hi, I’m Sharon Stuart from BedVoyage Introducing our wellness line of rayon from bamboo Bedding. Equal parts luxurious and casual. Bamboo fibers have natural benefits that help you sleep better. They wick and evaporate moisture three times faster than cotton, which keeps you drier and bamboo fibers adjust to your body’s temperature Releasing the heat through the micro gaps and holes, so you sleep cooler. You’ll love that your linens stay fresh longer Because bamboo is resistant to odors and bacteria It’s amazingly soft and comforting to your skin The fibers are so fine and round like a hair on your head, That makes them hypoallergenic and a non irritant to sensitive skin. We don’t coat our linens with formaldehyde or Flame-retardant chemicals like much of the cotton and microfiber industry So you may see a little wrinkle with bamboo But you can rest easy knowing that you’re sleeping on sheets with healthy sleep benefits In case you were wondering, rayon is the process of converting a tree or stock into a fiber Our linens are made from 100% organically farmed bamboo.

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DIY – Roll Up Blinds, how-to

We are here in our tiny outdoor kitchen in Hong Kong. And we would like to have some bamboo blinds. So I thought, why not make them ourselves, since we made the complete kitchen ourselves. This is kind of how our blind will look like. We have 5 eyes at the top. We will attach a rope in one of the eyes and then bring it to the back, bring it to the front, to another eye, and then bring it all the way to the right, and out, ready to pull. Same for the right side, we attach a rope to the top, bring it to the back, and to the front, into an eye and to the last eye, out, also ready to pull.

So when it’s rolled up it will look something like this. What we will use is a bamboo mat. Large enough to fit the window. Some cable ties. A big piece of rope. Some screw eyes. A wooden beam, and a wooden pole, or a plastic pole in my case. First I start with cutting the bamboo mat. Make it a bit taller then your window frame. Because we need some extra to cover the wooden beam and the pole. I place the beam on the top and cover it with the bamboo mat. Then I make some holes for the cable ties and tie it together. When the beam is attached to the mat, I will turn the mat around and go to the other side, to attach the pole.

Same way with the holes and the cable ties. Make sure you cut them tight, so it won’t be a problem when rolling the blind. Ok now it’s time for the eye screws. Together we will place 5 of them. first I use a normal screw to pre screw the hole, so it will be more easy to put the eye screw in there. When the 5 eyes are attached to the beam, we are ready to apply the rope. Attach the rope to the top eye and then go all the way to the back and come back to the front and get your rope through the eye on top, and then bring it to the right, and get it through the right eye, and the left side is finished. Then same for the right side, all the way to the back, to the front, and through the top eye and to the most right eye. And that’s it.

Now the blind is ready, the only thing I have to do is to attach it. Thank you for watching. If you like my videos, please subscribe. .

Tsutsumu – The Art of Japanese Packaging

包: Hou, Tsutsumi (package, packing, Wrap something inside) Japanese traditional packaging In the mountain village of Yoshino, an old craftworker is manipulating a single Fujizuru (vine of Wisteria) with spirit. Now it is difficult to get such a sturdy Fujizuru. Like a serpent with a mission of God, a single fujizuru sticks to the surface of Shiraki (non-vernished wood) and firmly ties it up. This fujizuru was collected 20 years ago and had been matured in a dark corner of warehouse.

Sleeping in the past 20 years is not just a sleep. The fujizuru meat and fiber breathed in a moderate natural moisture and gained supple toughness. They put a whole heart in wrapping. The wrapped contents aged over time. When delivered and unwrapped, Yasuke-sushi has become the best taste by aging. But this fujizuru can only get out under sunlight for a very short time. After a while, it will be cut off for opening. At first, the word in Japanese “Kami (God, spirit)” was a word meaning a superior person. God of rice comes down from the mountain. Villagers invite the god of rice and fight in sumo with God.

It is for stepping on the ground and putting the strong power of abundance in the ground. He fights earnestly in sumo with the invisible God of rice. God of rice is strong. Even if he is thrown over and over, he will continue fighting. Keeping fighting is the same as keeping praying with the whole in mind and body Eventually, the god of rice make big smile. The beginning of “Hineri” (wrapping things (In most cases coins) with paper by twisting) is the manifestation of people’s simple heart. A small wish is put in wrapped things and it is given to Gods and spirits. Natural conservation is large, soft and envelops people’s mind. Each one of nature wraps up delicious seasonal foods made by people. A color brought up by nature. A form created by nature. And a wrapped heart. Nature embodies to people’s wisdom and skills.

People make the best use of nature’s dispensation and life. There, a handmade tradition of “tsutsumu (wrapping)” was born. Wrapping fresh eggs. Like to grow five children lovingly. Carrying fresh eggs far. like to let each five children leave on a journey. This is called ”Tamago-tsuto”. A window is naturally formed between the straws. It is knit tightly with a simple love for wrapped things.

Even if it is shaking at the waist of a woodcutter that went deep into the mountain, it will not break. In the 3 rd century BC, ethnic groups making rice landed on the coast of Japan. From that time on, living culture using straw that is easy to obtain, strong and supple has started. It is an old past. But who would have started the way of wrapping of this “Makiburi”? (Wrapped yellowtail) The Sea of Japan is a treasure trove of fish and can take various kinds of fish.

Among them, yellowtail is the king. After immersing “Kanburi” (yellowtail in winter) in salt water for 10 days, dry in a dark place with a strong sea breeze and wind it with straw rope. The head and tail are wrapped tightly, while the middle is wrapped loosely. Then, the ventilation improves. Unpack the rope by the amount you eat and roll the rest again.

I also brought this to a far mountain. If you say in the present word, it is preserved food. This shape is beautiful no matter when I look at it. Who came up with this way of making “Makiburi”? People in this country did not regard severe nature as enemy. They get into nature, blend into nature, and assemble ingenuity from nature itself. They did not go against nature, nurturing the sum of living and people, with the teachings of nature. A straw life culture created from people’s natural surroundings that people quickly notice. Furthermore, the living culture using wood overlaps. Moreover, the life culture of “take” and “sasa” (stem and Leaf of bamboo) overlap beautifully. straw, wood, stem of bamboo, leaf of bamboo, paper and clay. As the flow of each life culture raised the rich creative power of people as the basis of the act of “wrapping”. Take (Bamboo, especially stem of bamboo) Its dry feeling and the straight appearance made bamboo an attractive plant from ancient times for people in this humid country. Crafts using bamboo section. Craft using elasticity of bamboo Takekago (bamboo basket), takezaru (Bamboo sieve) The creativity of the Japanese produced more supple and simple things using bamboo.

From one bamboo, you can collect as many as 36 bamboo skins. It is said that the bamboo skins will fall in order as they are done one by one on a fine summer morning. Sliced beef, white-miso and red-miso, candy broken with a mallet It is a strong and affordable wrapping paper produced by nature. A ”木” or ”樹” (ki: tree) has the same sound with ”気” (Ki) which is used in words of ”気持ち” (kimochi: feeling, intention, mood) and ”気力” (kiryoku: vigor, spirit, power, energy). From ancient times, people have hoped to incorporate the strength of trees’ vitality to myself. Cleanliness, purity of unpainted wood A fresh scent of wood skin Beautiful pattern of wood grain. (夏目(natsume, summer pattern)= bright pattern, 冬目(fuyume, winter pattern)= dark pattern) Taking advantage of the original form of the material, make it a handmade wooden box. In Japanese, ”tasting” is called ”味を見る (see, watch, look the taste)”. The beauty of colors and shapes in the eyes.

”味(Aji, taste, savor) is not just for eating. The container that puts food is not just a container. Even after taking out the food, the fun, interest, beauty of the container itself was needed. The room of the Japanese mind made it so. In the casualness, a rustic taste Feeling the climate of the place where it was produced The joy and interest of not only food, but also the container are catched and exquisitely demonstrated. .

Bamboo Rayon Fabrics Intro

Hi guys, Happy Easter! How good is that? I bet you guys will have a lot of chocolate overload this time. So thank you so much for supporting us throughout this month and last month we have launched our pre-Easter sale so that is 15OFF, 15 percent off of roll purchase order. So if you haven’t actually started ordering please you can start ordering now because it’s ending on the 25th of April so only, you can count only a few weeks left and if you have ordered, we thank you so much for this and we would love to give back to you guys to roll out much more sustainable fabric.

So this month we wanted to focus on something that is inter-seasonal so we wanted to launch our bamboo range that is actually good for our Australian customer that is kind of like autumy and good for our European also US customer that is going towards spring and summer. So first of all I wanted to launch two fabrics that I’m gonna do a bit of a comparison. Now we’re gonna have a new product code for this the SNEW code that I’m telling you in a second they’re just only a temporary code. So this is SNEW85 as you can see, let me put it back a little, it’s a little bit shiny, it’s 100%bamboo rayon and is 140gsm whereas this one is less shiny as you can see it’s a bit matte, it’s bamboo rayon as well it’s 150gsm. So this kind of material is so beautiful that you can make a lot of things out of it, you know, you can even consider making this sleepwear or shirt, shirtdress, of you can even make it kind of a top, you know for casual wear that you can really go out to wear it at the same time youknow you can make it into a dress that you can make it into semi casual that go in to work etc.

Beautiful fabric, it’s so soft, this kind of material, if it touch on your skin, it’s got a natural softness and coolness on it. And then the two material that we wanted to launch is this is bamboo rayon fine twill, and this is bamboo twill. I’m gonna make it a bit closer and you can see the fabric has a bit of a shine on it in the yarn and the fabric is actually you can see the light pattern it’s a bit of a diagonal twill, hope you can see it. And this one has a more obvious twill as you can see. So this is SNEW88 and this is SNEW113. This is 230gsm whereas this one is 160 gsm so it goes thicker as we go. so here are the four new bamboo fabric that we would like to launch we will share with you. If you guys have any questions and would like to try and order some samples please feel free to contact our customer support email, so it’s if you have nay questions you can as myself my name is Edwina and you can contact me at

So I can’t wait to hear from you guys and thank you so much for your support. Have a great Easter, see you guys .