- Dry Clean Only ~ No colour guarantee
- Please do not machine wash and suggest not to starch.
- Hand woven / organic dyed / printed fabrics last longer with proper care.
- All fabrics including pashminas can be gently hand washed with a good liquid soap or “Reetha”
- Never wring the fabric – gently squeeze out the water.
- Always dry it wrong side-up in the shade.
- DO NOT hang woollens on a clothes line. Spread them out on a chataai.
- Starch eats into the fabric, especially if left unworn over long periods of time.
- I personally prefer my silks and even cottons unstarched. They remain soft.
- For crisp cottons one can use some strained diluted rice starch (when worn the starch kind of disintegrates). Many freshly starched saris put away for long periods tend to develop a moth-eaten appearance L
- Gently steam iron. For delicate silks and tissues put a soft mul on top and iron. Direct ironing can be disastrous. I remember a brand new tissue was in rags by the time I reached the wedding, because of direct ironing.
- Change folds of saris - Air them regularly when in storage, unworn for long periods
- Wrap expensive saris in a soft cotton cloth. The ideal storage for saris – roll them on a rod – if you have the luxury of space. Never put kanjivarams or any zari sari in a plastic packet.
- Do not use naphthalene EVER. Put dried neem leaves / cloves in a small potli / bundle and put in expensive saris / woollens / anywhere – Organic disinfectant!
- Light wash regularly, as accumulated dust etc from pollution leads to wear and tear of the fabric. Preferably rinse in water.
- After an occasion I wipe my saris / shawls with a damp handkerchief, especially the border. Concentrate on stains. Rub talcum powder for grease, it is pretty effective. Food undetected eats into the fabric leaves gaping holes. Especially shawls!
- Only if absolutely necessary give your heirlooms to a good reputed dry cleaner. Ones who use white petrol NOT chemicals
- Voila! I hope you can hand these down for generations!