If we were to conduct a survey as to what people look out for when they need to make new cloth purchases, most people will choose affordability, quality, comfort, and possibly style. These are all very necessary qualities. There’s no point breaking a bank to purchase new cloth you cannot afford. There is also no wisdom in buying a fabric that doesn’t suit your style or make you comfortable. That said, there is one more thing that needs to be added to that bucket list, and that is the nature of fabric. Always go for natural fabrics.
What are Natural Fabrics?
Quite straightforward actually. As implied by the name, natural fabrics are those clothing materials made from naturally occurring fiber materials like wool, silk, hemp, jute, cashmere, cotton, and linen. They are well differentiated from synthetic fibers which are chemically derived by mixing chemicals and solvents. Some examples are polyester, modal, rayon e.t.c.
Why Buy Natural Fabrics?
Here are some reasons why you should consider filing up your wardrobe with natural fabrics.
In all likelihood, that shirt you’ve had for years and which still looks good is made from cotton or linen. They typically hold up for longer periods than synthetic fibers which begin to lose their glam and break down earlier. Imagine having a bridal link lehenga that you can look on for years or pass on to your children. Silk has always been in fashion and tends to stay on forever.
It is a well-known fact that the skin can absorb certain materials. This ability of the skin to absorb is one reason certain drugs are delivered topically. The likelihood is that the skin can absorb some of the materials with which synthetic fibers are made. These materials can predispose to skin cancer and contribute to other forms of toxicity in the body. The natural fiber does not pose any such risk. Why undertake risk when you can have the same result and safety? Also, natural fibers like linen and cotton are said to be hypoallergenic and have antibacterial qualities that make them ideal for the skins of newborns and people that are allergy-prone.
With the world moving towards more sustainable fashion, natural fabrics should become your first point of call because they are environmentally sustainable and renewable. They are biodegradable and can be easily recycled or reused without polluting the environment.
Cool and Comfortable
Because of their breathable quality, natural fibers are particularly known for allowing ventilation through. This makes it a great choice for people who easily feel hot and for warm seasons when you need to stay cool and comfortable.
Fashionable and Stylish
People get the wrong idea when they think about natural fabrics because of earlier designs and styles available. Well, there has been a radical shift from those age-old designs to more exquisite and chic ones that can match synthetic fibers shoulder to shoulder and still come out tops. Little wonder many more fashion designers are pitching their tents into the natural fold and churning out elegant styles. Interestingly, the most luxurious fabrics available are all from naturally derived animal fabrics like silk, mohair, and cashmere.
More supporting evidence
More and more fashion designers are combining natural fibers with synthetic fibers in a bid to blend the advantages and minimize the disadvantages that any has. However, the proportions in which they are combined itself shows which side the designers are leaning, and it is towards natural fibers. If this isn’t in itself an argument for natural fabrics, what then is?