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Fabrics to beat the heat

fashion-and-trends Updated: May 29, 2010 17:32 IST
Parul Khanna
Parul Khanna
Hindustan Times
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No sweat! These fabrics are ideal for the season of searing sun

Linen
What it is
Linen is one of the oldest woven fabrics in history. Made of vegetable fibres, this material was once considered suitable only for royalty.
Why it works
Good quality linen is soft, moth-resistant and repels dirt. It can absorb and lose water quickly, and help ‘wick’ perspiration away from the skin. It looks crisp, cool and neat. Most linen can be washed in a home machine.
How to wear it
You can find slacks, dresses, suits, sport coats, shirts and blazers made from linen.
The downside
One of linen’s worst traits is the tendency to wrinkle. So hang linen garments rather than fold them in a drawer. Remember that linen fibres can break if folded in the same place too often.

Mulmul
What it is

The finest woven cotton, mulmul is organic, light, sturdy and extremely soft. It is also relatively cheap.
Why it works
Mulmul absorbs sweat. It feels and looks soft, light and cool. It is one of India’s oldest tried-and-tested summer fabrics.
How to wear it
Mulmul looks best in strong shades like lemon, orange, melon and papaya. Pastels look tired on mulmul. Mulmul clothes should not be fitted, but lightly skim the body. Women can choose tops, and voluminous dresses with pleats, kalis or cowls. Men can opt for mulmul shirts, kurtis and drawstring pants.
The downside
Mulmul can be semi-transparent, so if you’re planning to wear it, you’ll have to layer your outfits.

Khadi
What it is

Handwoven fabric. Even its yarn is handwoven.
Why it works
The fabric breathes and ventilates beautifully. It’s a cultural marker of our country. Though khadi is a heavy fabric, it feels cool when you wear it.
How to wear it
Khadi is suitable for both western and Indian wear. Men can choose from shirts, drawstring pants, shorts and kurtas while women can opt for tops, skirts, kurtas, kurtis, dresses, pants, pyjamas and even shorts.
The downside
Since khadi is organic and handwoven, it is high-maintenance. It needs to be washed in cold water and dried inside out in the shade. Otherwise it tends to bleed and look faded.