The few rolls of bamboo velour I have had arrive this week are a 70/30 bamboo and cotton both being ""organic"" and are a 260grm velour having no poly in atall and come from an "eco" factory in western europe where they are using the lyocell method and no bleaching. I just sold the 4 rolls I have coming from china that still have not arrived, that contain poly and rayon from bamboo and its only 210gm a square metre
After speaking with the textiles engineer at the factory last year they decided to only run an eco plant for making bamboo fibres, as it sort of defeats the object or running it as organic, the 2 percent poly, and all the chemicals that others use does the same thing as upping the weight of the fabric can do, and the strength of the knit comes from its better manufacture rather than the poly type which is often now used to make the lesser quality bamboo velour feel softer for longer, and strengthen a loose knit. My lips are sealed for the moment as its a trial run
I must admit that the process used to make the bamboo fibres the caustic soda way certainly is not quite as kind as most ppl would expect a fabric of this nature to be. I did put in a speil last year about the chemicals used and how long it actually takes for the poor bamboo plant to become something soft and luxurious when done this way.
The differnce is.. the stuff I got from china.. If I made things out of it in the states, I would have to call it rayon because the actual finshed percentage of bamboo content is actually pretty low, and is mixed with other celluloses to produce the *bamboo*.