Best Fabrics for Indian Summer 2022
Summer is Bright. Summer is beautiful. But Summer is also hot and it is getting hotter every year. And have we not all felt uncomfortable in our clothes in the summer? Having your shirt stick to your body and the visible sweat patches can be a real nightmare.
Read below to find out which fabrics you should have in your wardrobe this summer. Read till the end and find our one more pro tip for the summer.
These fabrics will not help in combating climate change but atleast can help you mitigate its effects.
As soon as the summer sets in, we start seeing beautiful ads of Linen clothes in pastel colours. Linen’s reputation as the king of the summer is justified. Linen dries quickly (high breathability), which helps reduce heat retention in overly warm conditions making it perfect for most Indian conditions.
The fabric becomes softer on repeated washing. Care for linen is easy – it resists dirt and stains. It can be machine washed, dry cleaned or steamed. Linen has a tendency to wrinkle and thus requires ironing often.
Bonus – Linen is a sustainable fabric since its water and pesticide consumption is far lower than cotton.
Lyocell is a semi-synthetic fibre that is made from the cellulose of trees like Eucalyptus. Lyocell is a breathable fabric and is gentle to the skin. It is also one of the softest fabrics. It is wrinkle-resistant and hence doesn’t crease easily. Lyocell is one of the strongest man-made fibres and hence clothes last longer highlighting it’s durability.
Bonus – Lyocell is a significantly sustainable alternative to cotton since it requires less than 90% water and virtually no pesticides in production. The chemicals used for manufacturing are non-toxic and a closed loop process is employed which recovers 99% of the leftover chemicals.
Hemp fabric is extracted from the Cannabis plant. Hemp is a very breathable fabric with very high moisture wicking abilities. Hence, it is ideal for hot climates, especially Indian summers. Since fibers from this plant are long and sturdy, hemp fabric is very soft, but it is also highly durable. Garments made of hemp may last 2-3 times more as compared to a cotton garment.
Bonus - Hemp is much more sustainable as a plant as compared to cotton. It requires 4 times less water to grow and little or no pesticides as compared to cotton. Hemp purifies soil as well as exterminates some types of weeds, thus enhancing the quality of soil.
Most of us from our childhood would have heard from our parents that buy only 100% cotton or pure cotton. This is because of cotton’s breathable property. Air can flow freely through the fabric making you feel comfortable. It also has good heat retention capability. Cotton is versatile and hence is found in knitted garments (t-shirts) and woven garments (shirts, trousers) in addition to home textiles.
Khadi, chambray, flannel, muslin amongst others are varieties of cotton having different weaves and applications. Khadi is essentially cotton fabric that is hand-made and hand-spun
But due to the high demand for cotton and its water and pesticide intensive nature, cotton production has become unsustainable for the environment.
Tip – Opt for Organic cotton or Khadi which are more sustainably produced as compared to conventional cotton.
Avoid synthetic fabrics like polyester and nylon (unless you want to feel like you have just stepped out of a plastic bag). Polyester is not breathable hence it is difficult for the sweat to escape. If you sweat, polyester clothes will stick to your body and make it uncomfortable. However, polyester tends to retain odours and hence contributes to bacteria growth.
Summer can be uncomfortable but wearing the right fabrics can make it a bit bearable. We hope that this guide will be useful.
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At Earthy Route, we have clothing made from Lyocell and Linen in colours that will totally go with the summer. Check out our collection here.