Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow, so we now have six more weeks of winter. Even with the extra few weeks of winter now upon us, we can at least start to look forward to Spring! Spring in DC brings the much-missed warmer weather back. So, the heavier fabrics aren’t needed anymore. Fabrics such as cotton, silk and linen are key to staying cool!
Cotton; the soft and fluffy fibers of this plant protect and disperse the seeds of the plant. This vegetable fiber is perfect for creating breathable and versatile clothes. How versatile? One fiber can be bent and strained more than 50,000 without falling apart. It’s natural white color and cellulose cell structure helps it to retain moisture, allowing it to be easily dyed any color.
Silk; what is it? Silk is a natural protein fiber. It is created by the Mulberry Silkworm to create its cocoon in order to turn into a moth. Silk is extremely fine and incredibly thin. An average silkworm can spin approximately a mile of silk in a week. Each fiber has the incredible ability of soaking up 30% of its own weight in moisture while still feeling dry. Silk itself is a poor heat conductor and reflects light, so it always feels cool to the touch while having a magnificent sheen.
Linen is made from flax, a woven vegetable fiber. Flax is an annual plant that requires frequent cultivation, and only lives for one cultivation cycle. Normally, it only takes just 100 days from seed to harvest. It’s natural loose cell structure allows it to shift heat and moisture away from the body, this makes it a cooling fabric. Due to its low elasticity, the fibers are incredibly strong and durable.
Whatever your preference, these three fabrics are key to staying cool this Spring! Call us today at 202-525-3391to set up an appointment for your new Spring wardrobe!