Bamboo fabric is gaining in popularity. There are many articles on the web regarding it. It is novel to myself and I was surprised to learn it could be used as a fabric. A little reseach told me it was produced much like rayon, which is a wood fiber, turned into pulp and spun like cotton. However, finding out exactly how it is made has been difficult. Do they grind it up in big machines? Boil it in water? Dry it and then spin it? I found out that there is only one commercial source in China producing it. But it is growing ten fold a year. Another perplexing question arose in my mind. How come it has taken so long to learn how to make clothing out of bamboo? You would think with the prevalence of bamboo, the ancient Egyptians would of discovered it. If any one can help me with my inquiries it would be greatly appreciated... It was offered in replys that one artisian group in quilt weaving is using bamboo yarn. And I learned that there is a 'bamboo soaking test,' on YouTube; unfortunately or maybe fortunately, my video function is down, however, from the picture I surmised that it was comparing the drying capabilities of bamboo. Also, someone suggested that the reason the ancient Egyptians didn't come up with the idea of bamboo clothing is because there was no bamboo in Egypt. I did Google 'bamboo in ancient Egypt,' and there are many references of its utility in those days.