Fabrics Guide – part2
Fabrics guide part II – fabrics characteristics
Each fabric has it’s own unique properties like durability, flexibility or breathability. Depending on the purpose of a cloth you expect different attributes. Winter clothes should absorb water easily and heat up your body, while summer clothes should be breathable and be able to cool your body. This guide should help you make better clothing choices based on fabrics characteristics.
Natural fabrics are created from the naturally occurring fibers of plants and animals. The inherent characteristics of natural fibers offer breathability, natural temperature regulation, superior durability and water absorption.
Man-made fabrics from natural fibers
These are chemically processed natural fibers such as wood chips, wood pulp, bamboo or soybean. These fibers being custom designed for new uses, hence retain many of the properties of natural fibers.
Most commonly known synthetic fibres are made from chemicals, usually petroleum-based products.. They are generally
stronger than natural and regenerated fibers.
Purpose and climate are important criteria in fabric selection.
If you live in a cold, windy and dry climate you should choose fabrics that are characterized by
- good insulation and make you feel warm
- high absorbency and moisture wicking properties (you don’t want to feel wet)
During summer of if you live in a hot and humid climate choose clothing made form materials that are:
- have good absorbency
- make you feel cool
- microbial resistant
- UV resistant
If you are traveling you may also take into account properties like:
- machine washable and shrink resistance
- UV resistant
- wrinkle resistant
We hope that this guide helped you to understand the differences between fabrics and their properties and allows you to make more conscious decisions during next shopping.