When Bambu Batu, the House of Bamboo, opened nine years ago (yes, our birthday is coming up on February 20), we were the only shop anywhere to offer such a wide variety of bamboo clothing. In 2006, the bamboo clothing industry was still in its earliest stage of infancy. Nobody walking into Bambu Batu had ever seen bamboo clothing before. Seeing the looks on people’s faces when they touched a bamboo towel or a pair of bamboo socks for the first time was truly delightful.
Now it’s 2015, and our selection of bamboo clothing is more impressive than ever, as we continue to offer the widest variety of bamboo products of any store in the land. Those who scoffed at us when we first opened our doors on Grand Avenue in Grover Beach, writing off bamboo sheets and shirts as a passing novelty, have been proven wrong. And conversely, those who love the feeling and wearability of bamboo clothing and clamored for more of it, have all been richly rewarded.
Today the selection of brands and colors and weaves of bamboo fabrics and textiles is more diverse and higher in quality than ever before. Just look at the variety of bamboo towels out there! But in spite this growth and progress, the mission and purpose here at Bambu Batu has not changed one iota.
We remain committed to providing the best quality natural fiber clothing and textiles, made in accordance with the highest standards of fair labor practices, at the most reasonable prices. Unlike a lot of bamboo clothiers who have jumped on the bandwagon in recent years, seeing an opportunity in a growing market, charging prices that keep bamboo clothes out of reach for the average middle class family, Bambu Batu remains a family-owned business that makes the relationships with our customers a top priority.
2020 Bambu Batu Update
In the spring of 2020, amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, the California wildfires, and the not always peaceful civil demonstrations, I decided to permanently close the Bambu Batu brick & mortar location. After 14 fantastic and satisfying years, it was time to start a new chapter.
But still, I remain as devoted to bamboo as ever. The Bambu Batu website continues to operate, and now contains hundreds of articles about how to grow bamboo and what makes bamboo a superior resource. To learn more, take a look at some of our most popular articles.