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.