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After an outstanding and challenging festive season, a routine back to school January period is
back again. This time it demands stingy spending during December festive season while
keeping an eye on saving for school uniforms, shopping expenses, bus fares, and tuition fees.
One of these challenges during this period is how to choose a better and genuine school fabric for
your children. In this excerpt, therefore, we will outline the basics of fabrics with aims of improving your experience while choosing school uniforms for your children.
An overview of fabrics
Fabrics come in two main types that are; Natural and Synthetic. Natural fabrics such as wool,
cotton, silk, and linen are from animal coats. While cotton-plant seed pods, fibers from
silkworms, and flax (tissue from the stalk of a plant) are from plants. Synthetic fabrics are artificial, and they include, nylon, spandex, rayon, polyester, and acrylic. However, both natural and synthetic clothes vary in different aspects, including;
1. Warmth and the ability of fabrics to retain heat.
Natural fabrics are relatively warm compared to synthetic ones. For example, Wool retains heat because the fibers have little
crimps between them. These tend to create real sacks of air in the material that helps to insulate
2. The ability of the clothing to circulate air
Again, natural fabrics are known for this; for instance, Cotton cloth breathes, which means when used as clothing, it allows air to distribute to your skin. Many people prefer 100% cotton to polyester blends because of its ventilation factor.
This factor, alongside durability, is considered while choosing fabrics. Synthetic
fabrics such as Linen, spandex, and polyester are all quite sturdy and durable.
4. Dying Properties
It is the ability of materials to retain dyes and colors over a long
period. Synthetic materials such as linen, for example, are an appropriate fabric to dye
because the color sets well and won’t fade much.
5. Softness / Scratchiness
It is the texture, or the feeling felt when there is contact between
your skin and different fabric materials. Wools, for example, are relatively rough (due to the crimps in the fibers), while cotton and silk are reasonably soft.
6. Wet factors
The ability of different clothes to retain water. For instance, cotton may keep 24-27 times its weight in water and is stronger when wet than dry. This factor makes this fabric inappropriate when there is an urge for your cloth or uniform to dry faster.
7. Shinning properties
It is the ability of the material to attract the buyer’s eye. Just like other properties, this factor of luster varies across natural and humanmade materials. For instance, this
property is what makes silk more preferred. Rayon is a human-made substitute for silk.
It is a factor to determine whether a fabric can bounce back to the original form in event of stresses. Notably, synthetic fibers are very elastic. Meaning you can stretch them, and they will bounce back to their unique shape. The manufacture of spandex, for example, aimed at utilizing this elasticity property. Nylon, used in the production of undergarments such as socks, stockings, and underpants, is also a highly elastic fabric.
How to choose a better school fabric for your children?
Observing the above-discussed factors, I hope now you are conversant with the vital primary
considerations while choosing fabrics for your children. Alongside the noted elements of
variations, it is essential to consider climate factors. In selecting a better material, therefore, it is primarily vital to bear in mind the following recommendations;
- Ensure that the cloth of concern is durable and strong enough to save on future costs of
- Make sure that the fabric you wish to buy is considerably elastic bearing in mind nature
of games, your children involved in.
- It is good to choose a notably warm fabric for your children; in this case, you will ensure
health protection for your children.
- It is advisable also to ensure that the fabric chosen provides the skin with aeration and is soft on your children’s skin.
- It is also of concern to make sure that the chosen fabric is environmentally friendly. In this
case, choosing a material that does not emit chemicals when heated by the sun. Also, choose which decomposes when disposed to ensure a clean environment.
- Go for materials that hold colors for a long time without fading quickly. By doing this, you will promote the consistency of these fabrics to your children.
With the above recommendations, alongside your personal preferences and motives, I hope it
is adequate for you to choose fabrics that satisfy the notion of durability, flexibility, and