Is silk good for hot weather?


Silk is a natural protein fiber. It can be woven into fabric. The best known silk is obtained from the cocoons of the larva of the mulberry silkworm Bombyx mori. Silk use in fabric was first developed in China.

Silk's absorbency makes it comfortable to wear in hot weather. Silk is soft, light, thin when compared to other fabrics. Silk is a excellent clothing that protects the skin from insect biting of mosquitoes and horseflies, when compared to ordinary clothing's. Wearing silk clothes in summer especially in the afternoon will get you hot much faster. So, it is better to wear silk in evening and cooler weather conditions.

In hot weather, silk tends to stick to your skin due to heat and sweat. Silk clothes keep you cool on hot days and warm through nights. Silk regulates your body temperature and preserves your body heat in the cold. Silk tends to retain heat and so it is not good for humid climate. Silk adjusts to your body temperature, has softness of cotton, textured look of linen, lustre and silky drape.

Silk is resistant to most mineral acids, except sulfuric acid. Sulfuric acid dissolves it. Silk fibers are naturally elastic and can stretch up to 20% without breaking. In short silk is good for hot weather provided certain conditions are satisfied such as the humidity should be less.

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