Bamboo is to cotton what cashmere is to wool – a more soft and luxurious feel. For allergy prone skin, bamboo fabric is perfect. It’s anti-static and sits well next to your skin. Bacteria do not live well in this fabric. So it doesn’t smell. Bamboo fabric absorbs moisture away from your skin, keeping you drier. It cuts out 97% of harmful UV rays, so perfect for holiday and traveling cover ups. Bamboo is warm, thanks to its hollow microfiber (like wood), and yet is also breathable. Bamboo performs in all temperatures.
Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world, so yields more often from the same plot. It is 100% biodegradable. Bamboo yields the same volume as cotton from 10% of the land area. It only needs rainwater to grow. Very little, if any, additional water is ever required. Bamboo thrives naturally without using any pesticides or fertilizers. As a grass, bamboo is cut not uprooted, so is good for soil – particularly as it can grow on slopes not viable for other crops.
Merino wool is extremely soft and offers superb next-to-skin comfort. Many people love the fact that this wool does not "itch" as may others. Merino wool’s natural crimp creates insulating air pockets, keeping you warm when it’s cool and cool when it’s hot. Merino wool’s natural elasticity means garments retain their ‘as-new’ appearance for longer and offer extra resilience. Merino wool absorbs and releases moisture meaning you stay fresh for longer. It also locks away odor molecules, which are only released upon washing. This makes Merino wool odor resistant. Versatile and innovative, Merino wool provides a blank canvas for designers. The merino’s fleece is built for extremes – breathable in summer, insulating in winter, yet exceptionally soft and lightweight. Merino wool is a natural fiber, grown on the simple mix of sunshine, air, grass and water, making it renewable. It is also biodegradable, naturally decomposing to release valuable nutrients back into the earth.
Art yarns are simply fibers, yarns and materials spun and plied to create a textured and unique look. The art is in color and textures. The trick is to create a yarn that appeals to the eye and, yet, is attractive and fun to wear. In addition, art yarns can work to combine fibers that have desired qualities such as warmth, durability, softness and sheen. Beads and knotting can add texture and embellishment. Planned and careful dyeing techniques can create a yarn that pleases the eye and captures the imagination. Valley Vogue makes and uses their own art yarns.
Weavers and fiber artists watch for specialty skeins for sale.