Bamboo and camel blanket: which is better to choose?

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Which blan­ket is bet­ter to choose: camel or bam­boo? This ques­tion has arisen peri­od­i­cal­ly since the emer­gence of alter­na­tives to tra­di­tion­al woolen prod­ucts. Both mate­ri­als are absolute­ly nat­ur­al, which makes them pop­u­lar with lovers of envi­ron­men­tal­ly friend­ly and com­fort­able home solu­tions. There are not as many dif­fer­ences between them as it might seem at first glance. And yet they are. And the first, most impor­tant thing is the ori­gin. Camel hair is a hair­line of ani­mals, con­sist­ing of two types of hair: hard-coarse, guard and soft, high­ly crimped under­coat. Bam­boo fiber is the result of the pro­cess­ing of plants grow­ing in eco­log­i­cal­ly clean areas with­out addi­tion­al pro­cess­ing and stim­u­la­tion.

Types of wool and vegetable fibers

Wool is one of the most ancient mate­ri­als for the man­u­fac­ture of cloth­ing and house­hold items. Over time, the tech­nolo­gies for its pro­cess­ing have improved, but the prin­ci­ple of obtain­ing and prepar­ing has remained unchanged. Unlike oth­er nat­ur­al mate­ri­als such as leather and fur, wool is obtained in a “blood­less” way. Ani­mals are sheared or combed. The qual­i­ty of the mate­r­i­al depends not only on the type of ani­mal, but also on its age, breed char­ac­ter­is­tics, as well as the time of cut­ting and clean­ing meth­ods.

Sheep wool is con­sid­ered the most pop­u­lar, more expen­sive and valu­able fibers are obtained from goats and yaks. Lla­ma wool is con­sid­ered an elite mate­r­i­al. Camel wool stands apart in this list. And not only because this mate­r­i­al is quite exot­ic for Euro­pean coun­tries, but also because the struc­ture of the hair is fun­da­men­tal­ly dif­fer­ent from all those list­ed above.

The plant fibers used as filler most often include cot­ton, milk silk, and bam­boo.

The lat­ter resem­bles wool, its long thin and soft fibers do not cake and do not absorb any for­eign odors. So which blan­ket is bet­ter: bam­boo or camel wool?

How to distinguish the original from a fake?

Despite the avail­abil­i­ty of any of their mate­ri­als, there are still quite skill­ful fakes on the mar­ket. Most often forged blan­kets made of camel hair. They are more expen­sive than bam­boo and are in great demand in the north­ern regions.

In the best case, you can find ordi­nary sheep wool in the cov­er, the qual­i­ty of such a blan­ket will not be much worse than the orig­i­nal, but some prop­er­ties will still be low­er than that of an acces­so­ry made of nat­ur­al camel wool. You can iden­ti­fy a camel in “sheep­’s cloth­ing” by the fol­low­ing signs:

    The blanket is heavier and denser.
    It has a specific smell due to the lower content of lanolin.
    Over time, the fibers become caked due to the scaly outer structure of sheep’s hair, becoming like poorly rolled felt.

The worst option is an attempt to pass off ordi­nary syn­thet­ic filler as camel hair. We do not argue that mod­ern syn­thet­ic mate­ri­als have a num­ber of advan­tages. But if we talk about nat­u­ral­ness, this is clear­ly not one of them.

In this case, it is quite dif­fi­cult to deter­mine a fake; you will have to open the cov­er or wait for the first wash. If we are talk­ing about a fake, then, of course, even com­par­ing which blan­ket is bet­ter — bam­boo or camel — is not worth it.

Benefits of Camel Hair

The camel’s coat con­sists of hard guard hairs and a soft, light under­coat, which, unlike sheep­’s wool, has a smooth sur­face. It is incon­ve­nient to spin such wool, but it is ide­al as a filler. Such blan­kets do not cake at all, retain heat under any exter­nal con­di­tions and are very durable.

If you have an aller­gic reac­tion to sheep wool, then you should buy a camel blan­ket. Due to the high con­tent of lano­lin, the mate­r­i­al has antibac­te­r­i­al prop­er­ties. In addi­tion, such wool does not elec­tri­fy, which means it does not attract dust par­ti­cles.

Benefits of bamboo fiber

Bam­boo is wide­ly used in East­ern coun­tries not only as a build­ing mate­r­i­al, but also as a raw mate­r­i­al for the man­u­fac­ture of tex­tiles, yarn, exot­ic dish­es, med­i­cines, house­hold uten­sils and reli­gious items.

To fill the blan­ket, nat­u­ral­ly grown bam­boo is processed into fibers only a few microns thick. Nat­ur­al resis­tance to any exter­nal influ­ences makes the fiber very durable, and the hol­low struc­ture of the stem — light and elas­tic. Such a blan­ket is easy to wash in a con­ven­tion­al wash­ing machine with any deter­gent, it dries quick­ly, does not accu­mu­late sta­t­ic elec­tric­i­ty and does not cause aller­gies. In addi­tion, you can even buy a blan­ket made of bam­boo even on the Inter­net.

Ulti­mate­ly, it’s up to you to decide what to buy: a camel blan­ket or a bam­boo blan­ket. In any case, now you can weigh the pros and cons before buy­ing.

By Yraa

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