The clothes we wear changes gradually as the seasons transform. Have you ever wondered how different the winter dresses are from the summer dresses? In winters we wear woollen pullovers and jackets along with long pants and stockings, while in summers we wear cotton shirts that can allow air to pass through or dry the sweat easily. In rainy seasons, we cover ourselves with raincoats that do not allow water to pass through. Along with the kind of clothes, the fabric of these clothes also changes with the season. In this article we shall discuss about the kind of clothes and fabrics we use in different seasons.
Types of Clothes
Cotton: Cotton clothes are woven such that they allow good air circulation, thus allowing the skin to breathe. It absorbs moisture from sweating and keeps the skin dry and cool. It resists dust and mites, preventing skin irritations and infections during summers.
Jute: Jute fabrics are good insulators of heat and provides UV protection. They have low thermal conduction and do not degrade upon exposure to the sunlight. The fabric is inherently cool and prevents skin irritations.
Linen: Linen is extracted from the step of flax plants. It is stronger than cotton but very soft in touch. It possesses natural antibacterial and antifungal properties, thus preventing rashes and skin allergies. Moreover, the pores allow the skin to breathe and do not trap sweats, thus keeping the skin dry and cool in hot summers.
Silk: Silk fabrics are natural anti-allergens and inhospitable to mites thus prevents from skin irritation. The texture discourages the growth of bacteria and keeps the skin free from rashes and irritation in summers.
Bamboo fibre: Bamboo fabrics are manufactured from the pulp of bamboo plants. They are grown naturally without fertilizers and pesticides. Clothes made of these fabrics are softer than cotton. They absorb sweat and moisture twice as quickly as cotton, thus keeping the skin dry. It inhibits the growth of bacteria and is considered the best for skin comfort and hygiene.
Banana Fibre: Banana fibres are obtained from the white trunk of the banana trees. They are biodegradable in nature and absorb moisture well. The outermost layer of the stock is used to produce mats and carpets whereas, the inner layer yields softer fabrics for clothing.
Wool: Wool is manufactured by processing the hair of sheep or goat. The hairy skin of a sheep has two types of fibre, the coarse and fine, of which the latter is used to make wool. These fabrics trap a lot of air which is a poor conductor of heat, which acts as an insulator against the cold conditions.
Fur: This fabric is made up of animal hair, mostly mammals, particularly those with extensive body hair coverage that is generally soft and thick. The animal fur consists of three layers, short down hairs, the long guard hairs, and the medium awn hairs. The hair traps air and insulates against cold in the winters.
Artificial Wool: Artificial wool such as tweed, flannel, cashmere, gabardine, chenille, felt, plaids, mohair etc. are artificially produced to form threads, which are then woven to form the cloth. They act as a substitute for natural materials such as wool and fur and have similar insulating property against cold and moisture.
Polyester: Polyester fabrics are made by knitting polyester yarns. The material provides a good insulation against the wind and can be made into different thickness depending upon the intensity of cold.
Nylon: Nylon clothes are tough and strain resistant. They do not absorb moisture and act as a barrier for wind. They are mostly used as the outer layer of the clothing.
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