Why natural is better choice over synthetic in today’s restless time? Where everything has become so instant and rapid; our basic needs have expanded to quick meet up with the solutions. With the excess of technology, modernisation and urbanisation we are forgetting the efficiency of naturally occurred products which is ultimately creating a lot of inconvenience for us in the ways we could not realise or accept.
With our wide religious diversity found in country we have many different costumes, apparels of different ethnic groups and people along with their natural product choices. Each costume is designed according to local culture and tastes. These costumes are also preferred as per the local climatic conditions in particular region. But, with the changing times, people are comfortable experimenting with the costume material which has apparently given rise to many artificial and synthetic materials; for instance, people from colder region are opting to synthetic wool clothes as a replacement of usual local material like Pashmina. There is lots of popular fabric materials that are famous among the general population, both naturally occurred as well as artificial ones.
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Artificial materials comprises of Leather, Artificial Bandhej, Polyester, Georgette, Synthetic Cotton, Nylon among many others. These artificial material gained popularity amongst people because of high pricing of natural materials and also due to easy availability of them everywhere. The years old handwork of clothes in many states have modernised itself by opting to use these artificial fibres much to the disappointment of regular customers as there are people who love and appreciate the value of using the arts and crafts in their truest form. The natural fibres make the art lovers to embrace the craft-work dully with its charm and the fineness in quality. Almost all natural fibres are produced by agriculture, and the major part is harvested in the developing world. Khadi, natural Bhandhej, Silk, Pashmina, Hemp, Cashmere, Linen, Wool, Cotton etc have always been preference of people.
The best quality assurance and the overall luxurious comfort are eminent characteristics of all natural fibres. One can wear fabrics made up from natural fibres all year around which is equally relaxing and comfortable in winter, summer and monsoon. They are skin friendly to let you feel pleasant all time. Also, natural fibres have intrinsic properties – mechanical strength, low weight and low cost – that have made them particularly attractive to the automobile industry.
Production of Artificial fibre generates high level of pollutants in nature. When it comes to body care products and cosmetics, we know that 60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into the bloodstream. If clothes are treated with chemicals, and then we put the clothes on our skin, will our skin absorb some of the chemicals. Common synthetic fabrics include polyester, rayon, modal, spandex and nylon.Polyester is the worst fabric you can buy. It is made from synthetic polymers that are made from esters of dihydric alcohol and terpthalic acid. Acrylic fabrics are polycrylonitriles and may cause cancer. Rayon is recycled wood pulp that must be treated with chemicals like caustic soda, ammonia, acetone and sulphuric acid to survive regular washing and wearing. Nylon is made from petroleum and is often given a permanent chemical finish that can be harmful. Natural fibres are at the heart of fashion movement that goes by various names- sustainable, green, ethical, and eco-environmental. It focuses fashion on concern for environment, the well-being of fibre producers and consumers, and also the condition of workmen in the textile industry. When it comes to the sustainability of clothing, natural fibre clothing is generally more sustainable than synthetic fibres which require high energy use and crude oil. One should accept the choice of naturals products over artificial for the primary reason of quality, convenience, comfort, and the pure grade of material that can only be deemed with natural products.
There is quite a range of natural fibre materials that one can choose from-
Khadi:Khadi is made of cotton with an optional addition of wool and silk which are all spun into yarn on a spinning wheel called a charkha. It is a versatile fabric which changes according to climatic conditions and offers maximum comfort. Khadi is widely popular in fashion circle due to its superior natural quality.
Silk:Natural silk obtained from silkworm is one exotic fibre material for cloths. It is one very expensive material with rich appeal and style. Besides silk being used as garments it is also used in other industries and for military purposes. It is used in the manufacture of fishing fibres, parachutes, cartridge bags, insulation coils for telephones and wireless receivers, tyres of racing cars, filter clothes for flour mills, and in medical dressings and suture materials. Insulation coils for telephones and wireless receivers, tyres of racing cars, filter clothes for flour mills, and in medical dressings and suture materials.
Wool:Wool is the most safe fibre material as it is allergy-free and also does not promote the growth of bacteria. It is a disposable fibre that can also be use as a great fertiliser. Wool shows acclimation property according to environmental change. It gives naturally high UV protection to skin.
Cashmere: Cashmere, also known as the fibre of kings, is produced from the fine, soft undercoat of hair of the Kashmir goat. Sixty percent of the world’s supply of cashmere is produced in China, Mongolia and Tibet, and the remainder from Turkey, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Kashmir, Australia and New Zealand. Cashmere yarn is extremely soft, lightweight, yet very warm. It is very luxurious and possesses excellent drape. As each Kashmir goat is capable of producing an average of only 4-6 ounces of under down per year, Cashmere is hence very expensive.
Cotton: Cotton is largely produced crop in the country. It is also one sought after fibre material in textile industry and is beloved by everyone as it provides great comfort and quality.