Bamboo fabrics have only recently joined the market. As a fibre it is soft, has excellent durability and a lovely lustre. It is extremely absorbent (at least 3 times more absorbant than cotton) as the hollowness of the fibre assists wicking. This hollowness of the fibre enables it to hold dyes and pigments more readily and permanently, thus making it much more colourfast. The downside of this structure is that it takes longer to dry.
The natural anti bacterial agent of bamboo is an effective way to combat odour-creating bacteria, and many testimonials can be found praising the results of bamboo socks in terms of reducing or eliminating foot odour.