WASH & CARE INSTRUCTIONS FOR HANDLOOM & HANDWOVEN CLOTHES
Your handloom and hand-woven garments need dry cleaning when:
WATER IS PRECIOUS. WASH YOUR GARMENTS ONLY WHEN IT’S NECESSARY
CUTTING DOWN ON THE NUMBER OF WASHES WILL GREATLY IMPROVE THE LIFE OF YOUR HANDLOOM AND HANDWOVEN CLOTHES.
TIP: Consider drying your handloom garment in ventilated shade or air-dry it to keep your clothes fresh for use up to couple of times before washing again.
SHRINKAGE: Handloom fabrics are prone to moderate shrinkage on the first wash. Expect up to 5-10% shrinkage with time depending upon how you care for the garment.
BLEEDING: Handloom and hand-woven fabrics often bleed colour on the first few washes. Rub a wet cotton swab on the inside of seam or hem, and check if the fabric transfers dye into the cotton. This step is strongly recommended before washing your garment even if not mentioned in particular wash care label.
SORTING YOUR HANDLOOMS FOR WASH
If the garment shows tendencies to bleed, wash it separately the first few times. It is also advisable to sort your clothes colour wise and wash the same colours together. Never mix colours with whites. Turning the clothes inside out helps in retaining the colour in the long run.
It is advisable to hand-wash your handloom garments for longevity. If hand washing your clothes is demanding, machine wash on gentle cycle is an alternative option.
Always use cold water to wash handlooms & handweaves.
Standard machine wash protocol: Close all the zippers, hooks & other fasteners before washing.
Never-ever put your handloom or hand woven clothes in a machine dryer.
SOAKING: Use mild detergent and cold water. Do not soak the clothes for too long. Wash the clothes immediately after soaking.
RINSING: Rub the dirty areas gently with hand. Never use a brush, scrub or a solid bar of soap directly on your handloom garments. Remove the detergent completely by rinsing a few times in cold water. Using diluted starch solution for the final rinse give a crisp finish.
Hang to drip dry your hand-woven garments in well ventilated evening settings or shade since direct sunlight causes colour fading.
Iron your cottons when still damp. Spray water to dampen the fabric if completely dry. Woollens are relatively more crease resistant and you can use steam if necessary. Iron hand painted items inside out or with an additional cloth layer on top of it. It is always better to iron your garment inside out in case of Silk and other blends.
Store your clothes in cool and dry place with no direct sunlight. Use scented satchels to ensure your clothes don’t pick up cupboard odour. Store silks in cloth covers.