The best fabrics for keeping cool in summer

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Keep cool, calm and collected this summer with your choice of fabrics. 

Go natural fabrics, preferably in organic quality. 

  • Natural fabrics prefer being washed in soft water, so if you have hard water (bore water), soften with Sonett Water Softener.

  • Natural fabrics prefer gentle and effective laundry products free from synthetic chemicals and petrochemicals. Use fabric caring Sonett Laundry to ensure longevity of your natural fabric garments. 

  • Linen does crease, although less so with time, however this can be minimised by using softening Laundry Rinse which smoothes fibres and softens fabrics further and is colour protective. Wash in delicates cycle for less creasing and hang immediately to dry, preferably in shade.


  • Linen is a natural fabric made from the flax plant. 

  • Keeps you cool and comfortable in heat and humidity.

  • Linen keeps your body free of moisture as it can absorb as much as 1/5th of its weight. Moisture is both absorbed and evaporated by linen. 

  • Linen is loosely woven which also aids in keeping you cool.

  • Linen conducts heat through the fabric which further improves cooling. 

  • Woven linen doesn't cling so it has high air permeability, allowing your body to 'breathe'.

  • Feeling fresh in linen, a classic and elegant fabric.


  • Breathable and lightweight, fluid with superb drape.

  • Not as cooling as woven linen. 

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  • Cotton is made from the cotton plant.

  • Keeps you cool by resisting static cling.

  • Cotton allows your body to 'breathe' because it allows moisture to evaporate.

  • Good choice of fabric for those with sensitive skin or allergies.  

  • Cotton is lightweight, crisp, clean and fresh. 


  • Very comfortable breathable fabric, just not as cooling as woven cotton.


  • Chambray is like denim, which is a very tightly woven cotton, however, chambray is much lighter in weight, therefore another cool option for the heat. 


  • Hemp is also very breathable and has excellent insulation properties, keeping the wearer cool in summer and warm in winter.

  • Great choice of fabric for those with sensitivities.

  • Hemp fibre is made from the hemp plant. It uses very little water, around half as much as cotton, and a hardy plant, it doesn't require the use of chemical pesticides or fertilisers.


  • An all-climate fabric, silk is comfortably cool when temperatures rise. Its natural temperature-regulating properties give silk this paradoxical ability to cool and warm simultaneously. 

  • Silk is highly absorbent and dries quickly. It can absorb up to 30% of its weight in moisture without feeling damp. 

  • Because of its natural protein structure, silk is the most hypoallergenic of all fabrics.

  • In spite of its delicate appearance, silk is relatively robust.

  • Care for your precious silk garments with Laundry Liquid for Wool & Silk.


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