Silk for summer? Contrary to what you might believe, silk is a great fabric to pack for summer vacation. It’s probably not the first fabric that comes to mind, but it actually has a lot of unique qualities that lend itself to traveling in the heat of summer. Read on and master this versatile and stylish material.
A Brief History of Silk
Silk, one of the oldest fabrics known to man, was first developed in China in 3000BC and was only allowed to be worm by the Emperor and his family. Even nowadays, 5000 years later, it has kept its status as a luxury fabric and has become one of the most popular fabrics because of its unique comfort benefits and durable properties.
Silk vs. Heat and Humidity
One great quality of silk is that it is a natural fiber and will keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer! It is also highly absorbent and dries quickly. Did you know silk can absorb up to 30% of its weight in moisture without feeling damp? This is a great benefit in the heat of summer because it will absorb perspiration while letting your skin breathe.
Silk vs. Your Suitcase
Silk is incredibly comfortable and light-weight, making it a must-have for summer packing. It also has very good resistance to wrinkling. If your silk clothes wrinkled in your carry on luggage, let it hang for a while and it will fall back into a shape.
It Does Your Skin Good Too
Also, if you have sensitive skin, pay attention! Because of its natural protein structure, silk is the most hypoallergenic of all fabrics. If warmer temperatures make you break out in a rash, wearing silk will help prevent that. Silk clothing is also very easy to wash and care for. If you get it dirty on your trip, just was it with mild soap in your hotel sink and let it dry.
Popularity in Fashion
From a fashion standpoint, silk is a good choice for clothing because it takes color well and creates vibrant colors with a high luster. Although it feels like a delicate feminine fabric, it is actually the strongest natural fiber and, surprisingly, it easily competes with steel yarn in tensile strength.