Review: Zhai Bamboo Pants
Bamboo textile is fast stitching its way into the fashion industry. Known for its softness, this organic and eco-friendly fabric is softer than the softest cotton. Personally, I have always wanted to try bamboo clothing. Read 5 Benefits of Bamboo Clothing.
The problem is that it is not readily available in Singapore (yet!). The few times I have encountered bamboo clothing in Singapore is at a niche yoga or alternative lifestyle boutique (whose names I cannot remember) in passing. But what I do remember is the selection and sizing is often limited.
So you can imagine my surprise when Zhai, a local Singaporean company specializing in bamboo clothing, contacted me two months ago. Zhai carries a diverse collection of quality bamboo fabric clothing from casual wear, office wear and sportswear. And at reasonable prices.
Since I practice yoga, I wanted to give their bamboo pants a try. These casual 3/4 loose leggings are good for yoga, Pilates and traveling. Problem was – these pants are one of their bestsellers and were sold out at the time. So, I waited.
Two months later, the new shipment of pants have just arrived!
There were three main colors to choose from – black, quarry (grey) and nougat (cream). I choose the black pants with the mint green fabric belt layer.
The blend of bamboo viscose (95%) and spandex (5%) fabric is deliciously smooth and soft to the touch. When I have them on, it actually doesn’t feel like I’m wearing any pants at all.
When I first looked at the pants, I had only one concern: the waist/hip belt layer. You will notice it does not have an elastic waist band. It is just an extension of the black fabric in a different colored (mint green).
Being used to Lululemon’s thick and fitted waist/hip band of my regular yoga pants, I was concerned that these pants would come slip off easily or not hold to my hips during practice. But surprisingly, it was quite a nice change.
The pants fitted snugly. In fact, without the thick waist elastic band, I thought ‘how perfect are these pants for when I fall pregnant‘. It’s versatility is great (I think) for pregnant moms-to-be with their growing bellies without having to fumble with drawstrings and Velcro strips.
The fabric is so light it wore like second skin. A few nights ago, I wore them for my evening walk. The pants were cool to skin, and so comfortable – that it would be easy to forget I had any pants on! My husband, on the other hand, was battling with the humidity and breaking out in beads of sweat.
Every product purchased at Zhai comes with a card on the general benefits of bamboo clothing, as well as specific washing instructions.
I love the fact that I can throw these pants into my laundry bag, and do a normal cold wash with the rest of my dark-colored clothes. Convenient, convenient, convenient.
I love these bamboo fabric pants because they:
♥ feel so soft!!!
♥ are lightweight – great for exercise and traveling
♥ absorbs moisture well – great for my hot yoga sessions
♥ have natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal & anti-static properties – pants don’t cling & are odor-resistant so I don’t stink
♥ have natural UV protective agents
♥ helps to regulate body temperature – keeps body warm for cool temp, and cool for warm temp
♥ 100% biodegradable
♥ super easy to care – machine wash cold in delicate washing cycle (or simply put your bamboo clothing in a lingerie wash netted bag)
When compared to cotton, bamboo fabric beats it hands down. It is softer, lighter-weight and dries quicker. It is also more durable and versatile. Cheap cotton tends to go out of shape after a few washes or when stretched. Not bamboo.
If you’d like to try bamboo clothing, I recommend going down to Zhai’s retail boutique. There you can touch, feel and experience the fabric as I had described. You will know what I mean!
Zhai, is by far, the only boutique I have come across in Singapore that sells bamboo fabric clothing exclusively. And with a wide range of styles and colors to choose from.
Wait…There’s good news! Zhai is offering a one-off special 25% discount off all full-priced items, including new arrivals. Valid for the whole month of March 2013 – starting today!
How does it work?
Visit the store. If you are visiting the store, simply mention ‘Kat Juju‘ when you make your purchase.
Online. If you are shopping online, enter the promo code: KJ25 (capital K & J. It is case sensitive) when you make your purchase.
For more information on Zhai, you may also visit their website or Facebook page.