Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Which Fabric to Wear in Summer & Why

Fabric may not be the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of health. But it definitely should be considered, tell health experts around the world. Yes! Your favorite dress material could be at fault for otherwise-unexplained breakouts and rashes. Not only this, it may also lead to nagging headaches and human carcinogen!

Read in detail to realize how fabrics and health is connected. We tell you why you should prefer eco friendly natural fabrics instead the soft touch synthetic fabrics that are vehemently used in today’s fashion designs. Also, explore natural fabrics that are proven good for overall health. Start reading…

Facts of Synthetic Fabrics

Be it towels to dressing shirts to bed linens, even if a portion of these are made of synthetic fibers, you are at risk of skin rashes and allergies. This is because of the widespread use of synthetic fibers used for spinning and weaving of fabric.

Here are the facts Dr Sheilly Kapoor Consultant Medanta the Medicity shares about some of the highly utilized synthetic fabrics:

  • Nylon and polyester are made from petrochemicals, their production create nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas that’s 310 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
  • Rayon is made from wood pulp that has been treated with chemicals, including caustic soda and sulphuric acid which may cause severe rashes and irritation to skin if not wash out appropriately.
  • Acrylic fabrics are polycrylonitriles, which may be carcinogenic.
  • Synthetic clothing such as children’s pyjamas and football jerseys are treated with flame-retardant chemicals that emit formaldehyde gas.

Why choose eco friendly fabrics

The specific reason one should prefer eco friendly fabric is that these are sparsely treated with chemicals and pesticides in their production and therefore are easy on skin. Also these are processed using natural dyes and organic substances instead of harsh chemicals, so do not carry harmful toxins.

5 Natural Fabrics That Are  Summer Cool & Good For Health

Wear organic cotton as it doesn’t irritate the skin; it breathes, allowing good air circulation. It absorbs body moisture, which, in turn, keeps the skin dry and cool. According to Cotton Council International, it is hypoallergenic and resists dust-mites, making it a good choice for those prone to allergies, asthma and those with sensitive skin. If you aren’t sure that the cotton you bought is organic, simply wash it before you wear to get rid of chemical traces.

Jute is a strong fibre that does not degrade on exposure to sunlight. It is a good insulator of heat, provides UV protection, has low thermal conduction and is anti-static; hence the fabric is inherently cool and doesn’t cause skin irritations.

Linen is a fine fibre extracted from the stem of the flax plant. It is soft and shiny, and stronger than cotton. With its natural antibacterial and antifungal properties, it does not cause rashes or allergies and is anti-static too. Moreover it allows the skin to breathe, keeping the body cool in summer and warm in winter. An added benefit is that it has a unique luster and it does not trap sweat and hence allows the body to breathe. When blended with silk, it becomes much stronger and gives a beautiful texture,

Silk is a soft, natural anti-allergen and is lint-free and inhospitable to mites so doesn’t irritate the skin. The texture and composition of the material discourages bacterial growth. Because of its light and airy texture, it is often used as nightwear. Added benefit is it adapts easily to the shape of your body, increasing your comfort and improving sleep quality.

Bamboo fibre is produced from the pulp of the bamboo plant, which grows naturally and abundantly without fertilisers and pesticides. Comparatively, bamboo clothes are softer than cotton and absorb sweat in seconds to keep you dry twice as fast as cotton clothes. Added benefits are it inhibits the growth of bacteria, making it hygienic and best for skin comfort. Also, it stays two degrees cooler than the ambient temperature in summer and significantly warmer in winter.

Banana fibre, obtained from the white trunk of the banana tree, is a biodegradable fibre that absorbs moisture very well. The outermost layer of the stalk produces coarser fibre used for carpets and ropes. The inner layer yields soft fabric for clothing. This fibre is strong, lightweight and glossy. Recently fashion industry has also sat up to take notice.

Next time you want to add something different to your wardrobe, better try the eco-friendly options.

Priya Singh

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