Admit it, even if the mercury is on the verge of bursting due to over-heating, you can neither stop stepping out of your home nor do anything about the sweltering climate.
Working professional or family “manager”, you have to make sure the show goes on and your daily routine is not hampered.
But what you can do is, try out fabrics that will help you keep cool this summer. Here’s out top picks:
This conventional, natural fabric is the best option to beat the heat. Suited for the hot and humid Indian summer, cotton absorbs the sweat from the body and allows the skin to breathe.
The fabric hand-spun by Mahatma Gandhi is an ideal wear for summer. Khadi or khaddar is handwoven from cotton and at times, include a little silk or wool.
These days this fabric has become a fashion statement, thanks to designers trying to revive the weavers and of course, our very own Prime Minister Narendra Modi encouraging everyone to wear Khadi.
This textile, made from the fibers of the flax plant is known to keep the wearer cool and refreshed during summer months. It is extremely light, absorbs sweat, allows easy flow of air and also has heat-reflecting properties.
This man-made fabric is actually a regenerated cellulose fiber, which is made from purified cellulose, mainly from wood pulp. Since rayon has a thinner thread than cotton, it is lighter, yet a great sweat-absorber.
5, Silk blends
Silk is not just for winters. There is a lighter and softer version of the conventional silk, called silk blends, which is a natural fiber and apt for the Indian summer. It does not stick to the body like raw or pure silks.
This crêpe fabric, made with highly twisted silk yarns, is light and allows air flow, making it suitable for summers.
7. Blended fabrics
Blended fabrics made of either cotton, polyester, spandex, nylon or rayon have moisture detracting properties and hence are suited for hot and humid conditions.
Chambray is a plain-weave fabric or a woven cotton textile with a coloured yarn in the warp and a white yarn in the weft. Due to its finer weave, it is more breathable a fabric.
Sreya is based in Kolkata. She is a Senior Editor of Big Wire.