Suntex and Suvant Fabrics

Sunveil has two UV-clothing and accessory lines available to our customers: one made from our traditional Suntex fabric, and the other from our new Suvant material. Both fabrics are polyester-based materials with a weave and design that allow them to be breezy, cool, and unbelievably lightweight, while also offering excellent sun protection from UVA and UVB rays. There are some distinct characteristics that discern the two fabrics, and below is a reference guide that can be used to determine what Sunveil clothing is most suitable for your needs, or how you would like to mix and match your sunwear outfits.

Suntex Fabric

The highly unique gossamer-type fabric that makes Sunveil clothing so recognizable is our traditional Suntex fabric, which has a distinctive and sheer appearance. Clothing made from this cloth is designed to be worn as sunwear overtop of your regular summer fashion. Some of the greatest features about the Suntex material are that it:

  • Is featherweight and comfortable
  • Is breathable, breezy, cool, and well ventilated
  • Allows the summer apparel underneath to show through
  • Can be worn as a sun-protective cover up over bathing suits and swim wear in chlorinated, fresh, and salt water

Suntex was developed in 2001 to replace the original (though very similar) Sunveil fabric, and to provide customers with more effective sun-protective clothing. Colour and styling are important features to consider when it comes to protective clothes, since darker colours absorb more UV rays. Similarly, multiple layers will provide a higher UV protection, meaning that the Suntex fabric will provide the highest UPF rating when there is a double layer of a dark colour. Through their fabrication—including multiple layering and fusing agents—certain Suntex styles in dark colours can afford a UPF rating as high as 40, while a single layer of a lighter colour (such as our fabulous new "Solinea" weave white) will render a UPF of 24. Light colour double-layered yoke coverage such as shoulders and chest will afford an increase an area protection of up to 40.

Suvant Fabric

Sunveil’s Suvant fabric was developed in 2010 to provide extremely sun-sensitive customers with a fashionable and highly effective alternative to our Suntex material. Since it does not have the same sheer weave as Suntex, Suvant clothing can be worn alone as lightweight summer sportswear. Suvant fabric is just as lightweight as our Suntex fabric, but it differs in that it:

  • Has a more opaque appearance
  • Does not have to be worn in conjunction with other summer fashions
  • Has a silky or satiny look
  • Feels cool and soft against the skin, and is ideal for sensitive skin
  • Is equipped with a moisture wicking feature that will help to keep you dry on humid days

Suvant is currently has available 2 of (6) colours, each of which has been individually tested and rated. The different colours provide the following UPF ratings:

  • UPF 30: White and oyster [ currently sold out ]
  • UPF 50+: Toffee & Poppy [available]  and, Violet or Sage [ currently sold out ]

And although Suvant has a lustrous silky look, it is just as durable as other Sunveil products, and will provide you with years upon years of trusted sun protection.

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