‘Miracle’ fabric helps recovery
THE anti-bacterial properties of bamboo have long been spoken of within alternative medicine circles. But it was only when Ciara Dalton had her prototype bras tested at UCD that she realised how they could help cancer sufferers, she said.
At an early stage of designing the bras, she had consulted women who had been through breast cancer. They reported feeling sweaty and uncomfortable due to the effects of cancer treatment. Ciara decided upon bamboo as an alternative to synthetic materials and cotton. ‘There is something in the cellulose of bamboo which means it is naturally antibacterial, highly wickable [drawing sweat away from the skin], hypoallergenic… It really is a miracle material,’ she said.
She said she was laughed at by some medics but she approached UCD to test her designs. An oncology nurse working on a two-year project included the bras as part of her research on the impact of what women wear post-surgery. ‘She tested them against the two most frequently found bacteria in breast wounds. They came back 93% and 97% resistant. Basically, you have very little chance of getting infection if you are wearing our bras. The bamboo really does have something special.’