WORDS Lisa Johnston
We South Africans are notorious for being ill-prepared and ill-equipped to deal with cold snaps. Keep cosy for the rest of the season with the help of these handy tips from Hinterveld for choosing the right winter bedding.
Covers and sheets
Natural fibres such as cotton or silk can breathe and are, therefore, good choices for winter, because they help to regulate body temperature and feel gentle against the skin.
When it comes to duvet inners, the weight and warmth are determined by the tog rating (ability to trap warm air) as well as the kind of filling used. For autumn and winter, you’ll want to aim for a tog rating of between 10 and 13.
Your choice of filling depends on your budget. Down, an effective natural barrier against the cold, is expensive. Cotton is cool and only really suitable for summer. Hollowfibre is good for people with allergies, and luxury microfibre offers the same features but with added softness and heat-retention properties.
Hinterveld’s luxurious products come in a variety of sustainable fibres, including wool, linen, alpaca and mohair. It’s a classy collection to suit all tastes, be it homage to New York with a slightly chunky weave in natural shades, or the Xhosa-inspired MaXhosa range by Laduma Ngxokolo. Hinterveld blankets and throws are available at Linen Drawer.