This natural, hand-sewn dress is made from bamboo fabric and pure silver. The silver sets the dress apart as it helps shield the body from wireless technology.
With the proliferation of wireless technology, some are turning to shielding clothing to help protect the body from radio frequencies (RF). This is in stark contrast to the emphasis on wearable technology, particularly new forms of embroidered fabrics with sensors and computer memory devices. (See Computers in Your Clothes? A Milestone for Wearable Electronics.)
I recently created this anti-radiation dress not only as a partial shield, but to help raise awareness about WiFi, cell phones, tablets and other wireless devices. In my opinion, shielding clothing is the last place to start when addressing this technology. Far better to wire your computer, adjust your use of a cell phone and reduce your exposure at night. The following posts address each of these concerns:
- From Wireless to Wired – Our Family’s Journey
- 10 Cell Phone Safety Tips
- Sleep Melatonin and Electronic Devices
Unless you are 100% shielded, parts of your body are still being exposed, which means protective clothing has limitations. Fully enclosed canopies (for sleep) may be a better option. (Find DIY Canopy Mesh Fabric here.)
The difference between shielding and grounding fabric
Shielding fabric blocks an electromagnetic field with a barrier made of a conductive or magnetic material. Electromagnetic shielding that blocks radio frequency electromagnetic radiation (wireless technology) is known as RF shielding.
Grounding fabric connects the body to the earth using a cord and metal stake (placed outdoors, or cord and grounded three-prong outlet (found indoors).
Grounding is a complex issue and requires careful research before connecting yourself electrically with the earth. (Learn more in the post Sleep, Melatonin and Electronic Devices.)
The bamboo/silver fabric used in my anti-radiation dress is both shielding and grounding. I don’t utilize the grounding aspect, due to the complexity of grounding as noted above. In the video below I demonstrate both the shielding and grounding properties of this type of fabric.
Dress Fabric Details
I purchased my shielding fabric from LessEMF.com. LessEMF carries a variety of fabrics, some with synthetics like polyester, others with natural fabrics like cotton and bamboo. All of them have a metal component. I purchased the fabric swatches for $25 which I received back when I purchased my material. Below is the Bamboo Soft & Safe description as it appears on the website:
The Perfect Garment Shield
This fabric feels great against the skin, is hand washable, conductive, and offers exceptionally high RF shielding performance. It is perfect for making microwave shielding anti-radiation pajamas, shirts, hoods, curtains or sheets. Easy to make a ground connection because the surface has high conductivity (<1 Ohm per sq). Made with a unique blend of natural materials: 70% bamboo fiber and 30% Silver. Silver gives Soft & Safe anti-bacterial and anti-odor qualities. Greater than 50 dB attenuation too! Cuts and sews like ordinary cotton fabric. 135g/m². Pale rose color. 59 inch wide.
Thickness: 0.36 mm
Width: 59 inch
Resistivity: <1 Ohm/sq
Base: Bamboo fiber
Conductor: pure Silver threads
Washing Instructions: Hand wash, warm, gentle, no bleach. Use TexCare. Do not dry clean. Hang dry. Iron on medium heat.
I purchased 5 feet of Soft & Safe along with conductive silver thread (The thread is not necessary, just a nice bonus.) I hired Najeeba, an Afghan refugee, and professional seamstress, to create a dress using one of my older dresses as a pattern. (Najeeba handcrafted the 100% natural herbal pillows found at Just So Natural Products.)
My anti-radiation dress cost approximately $200.
Living safely in a wireless world is not an easy task. Thankfully steps like turning off your router at night, holding your cell phone away from the body, and replacing your cordless DECT phone can go a long way toward protecting yourself and your family. An anti-radiation dress may not hurt either!