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Gillian Faye L.



FD 214- Textile, Fiber, and Fabric Production

The Best Fabric or Textile for the Philippine Climate
Whether we all like it or not, fabric selection has been one of the things a Filipino has been
trying to consider every time. With or without the consideration of style, knowing which fabric to
wear is a tad bit complex, and wearing such is carefully planned according to the type of climate
and/or weather a person--- specifically a Filipino--- is situated in. Moreover, Filipino lifestyle is
also a major factor on knowing the best fabric to wear in the Philippines.
Firstly, weather and climate conditions affect humans in fundamental ways. Throughout
history, individuals and families devised ways to protect themselves from the weather. The
Philippines is a tropical island. The Philippines climate is hot and humid all year round, and
instead of temperature changes, seasons are only marked by rain changes, such as monsoon
rains. It does not matter whether you are in the rainy or the dry season, because you will still
have to deal with the ever present heat and humidity.
Second, lifestyle in the Philippines is, however, very hectic. Urban areas experience constant
traffic congestion, and Filipinos often situate themselves within the busy streets--- trying to
contend with the other passengers just to get a ride in a jeepney, selling goods on the
sidewalks, walking blocks and meters away to the work site they are working in, so on and so
forth. Working our way towards economic progression, commercial buildings were continually
sprouting out from nowhere--- works that are manifested by Filipino construction workers. Rural
areas offer fishing and farming as primary sources of living for the people residing on such.
Whether one is situated in the city or province, product is always sweat--- the one we always
can’t avoid.
The least factor that a textile research focuses on is sanitation and how every other factor
greatly affects this one, and this research wanted to also give sanitation a heavy weight.
Philippines, whether we like it or not, wherever we may be situated in, has poor waste treatment
due to poor planning and weak enforcement of regulations. Smoke, dirt, and trashes are
scattered all over the place, and even if one can be meticulous about oneself, the weather,
climate, lifestyle greatly affect Filipino health and sanitation.

those mentioned were just the cons experienced inside the manufacturing facilities. the experiment gives off results: “After the 24-hour period was finished. Bamboo fibre is a regenerated cellulosic fibre produced from bamboo. The conventional method for producing bamboo fabric is similar to making rayon. bamboo fibre fabric is made of 100% bamboo pulp fibre and is characterized by its good hygroscopicity (ability to absorb moisture from air).blogs. With sources and visual presentations.html). Subrata Das in Fibre2Fashion (http://www. the scientists counted the number of Staphylococcus epidermis colonies on each fabric sample. It is softer than cotton. A scientific study published in the Journal of Family Ecology and Consumer Sciences has proven that bamboo fabric is.fibre2fashion. http://fiberelement.php/jfecs/article/view/69727/57732 .com/breakingnews-bamboo-sheets-antimicrobial/). in fact. with a texture similar to a blend of cashmere and silk. antimicrobial (http://www.stands out as the best textile to wear in the Philippine climate. carbon disulfide has been shown to cause neural disorders in workers at rayon manufacturers. The main issue with bamboo is the method that many companies use turn the stalks into fiber.” Other than that. bamboo fabric--. The plant is mashed up and basically “cooked” in harsh chemicals like sodium hydroxide (another term for lye) and carbon disulfide. Starchy pulp is produced from bamboo stems and leaves through a process of alkaline hydrolysis and multiphase bleaching. According to headache and nerve damage. excellent permeability. Along with the selection of the fabric to wear. one has to take into consideration the cut and fitting of the garment/s. and let us focus more on the upsides of the fabric itself.asp).com/industryarticle/textile-industry-articles/properties-of-bamboo-fibre/ Moreover. Quoted from the article. Low levels of exposure to sodium hydroxide can cause irritation of the skin and eyes. soft feel. he said that breathing low levels of carbon disulfide can cause tiredness. The bamboo fibers in the fabric have natural antibacterial elements (called “bamboo-kun”) that keep the bacteria away.ajol.The best thing that a Filipino can do is to dress up comfortably with the type of fabric one is wearing. easiness to straighten and dye and splendid color effect of pigmentation. The results were as follows: . According to Michael over at Organic Clothing (http://organicclothing. Further chemical processes produce bamboo fibre.out of all other fabrics such as --.

The cross-section of the fibre is filled with various micro-gaps and micro-holes. but because of the reason stated. particularly in hot.5% Cotton: 0% The scientists also noted that there was a possibility that the antimicrobial properties of the bamboo fabrics could be related to traces of sulfur left on them after the manufacturing process. the issue about sweat coming all from the hectic activities and humidity doesn’t become a problem anymore because such garment made from bamboo fibre makes a Filipino feel extremely comfortable. the scientists also found that the fabrics eliminated the following percentages of bacteria: Regenerated bamboo: begins with an experiment done between cotton and bamboo fibres.” Alongside of that. Furthermore.8% Viscose rayon: 59. and the end result shows that bamboo fibre sinks faster in a water container compared to cotton. 100% bamboo woven fabrics show remarkable elasticity wherein the use of elastomeric fibres like elastanes may be eliminated. It is excellent for absorbing moisture. A video from Youtube (https://www. which means that bamboo fibres have moisture absorbency that is twice than that of cotton. humid conditions (as so many clothes and sheets often are). but the evidence was inconclusive. it was also said that bacteria and microorganisms can cause damage to fabrics known as biodeterioration. Another thing that is mentioned in the article is that bamboo fabric is answer for great comfortability. so it has much better moisture absorption and ventilation. Natural fibers are the most susceptible to and such textile never sticks to the skin even on a . This can cause problems from stains to a loss in strength and flexibility. cotton can’t be considered as the best textile to wear. which is why cotton may be good to wear here in the Philippines. So.Regenerated bamboo: 30 colonies Viscose rayon: 53 colonies Cotton: 127 colonies As if these numbers don’t speak clearly enough. Cotton fibers are particularly prone to biodeterioration in the form of infestation (of bacteria) because of their porous structure. which means that sweat from all the humidity can be absorbed and evaporated in a matter of seconds only.

.bambrotex. causing or developing skin cancer. Bamboo grows well with just rainwater and no additional irrigation is required. bamboo fabric provides a great solution to every issue. so does not need replanting which helps save topsoil and energy. As a grass. bamboo is a very sustainable fabric. rayon. One of the astonishing features of bamboo fabric is that it possesses anti-UV properties that can protect us from the harmful sun’s rays that can penetrate beyond the top layer of the human skin. and polyester. greatly opposite to 100% cotton fabric (http://www. It can be machine or hand washed in cool to lukewarm water with mild detergent. The greatest plus side of bamboo fabric is that it is very eco-friendly and renewable. but provided with a very humid and filthy environment. Roxas. linen. Bamboo grass. Shrinkage is minimal and it is best to air-dry bamboo clothing rather than in a dryer. the source of bamboo fabric. In other words. is an extremely fast-growing material and it only takes about 2 to 3 years. the process is done on a low temperature setting. bamboo has been renewable and the most available resource in the Philippines. amidst the weather.very hot weather. according to a research done by a research specialist named Cristina A. it is resistant to natural wrinkling. Moreover. unlike cotton which requires 20. so ironing is very minimal.000 litres of water per kilogram. textile selection also becomes a This textile is quite healthy and appreciated in the damaged environment that we are in today. it is self-propagating. bamboo garment is actually just simple to take care of. provides bamboo resources with an estimate of 10 730 million linear meters.htm). Maintenance is not a problem because it thrives without needing pesticides or fertilizers. most of which are represented by climbing bamboos totaling 8318 linear meters. On top of that. but if required. Temperature adaptability is out of the question if bamboo fabric is worn in the Philippines. lifestyle. climate. The good thing is that Philippines. A research by the company called BambroTex® quotes that 100% bamboo fabric tends to reflect instead of absorbing the UV rays given off by the sun. and environmental problems a Filipino encounters. In conclusion. Dressing is all about personality. Against cotton. http://www.html https://www.php/jfecs/article/view/69727/57732 http://www.htm us/ Video:     bamboo-fibre/ http://www.blogs.philippines-travel-guide.asp .beagleybrown.asp   ch30.Sources: Web articles:           http://www.htm http://www.html