No Indian celebration or festivity can ever be complete without wearing Indian ethnics to mark the celebrations. Rich Indian ethnics are a favourite with Indians anywhere on the globe when it comes to dressing up for Indian festivals. Diwali has just gone and no doubt if you are one of the Diwali revellers then you have surely prayed, dined, danced and perhaps even snoozed in your fine Indian ethnics like Silk sarees or richly embroidered kurtas and Anarkali’s.
Guilty as charged? Well then, no doubt your lovely Indian wear has taken a beating and you have bleakly deposited it back to the tissue paper lined box or maybe you are mulling over whether you should risk handing it over for a make-over to the dry-cleaners or if it would be a good idea to try rescuing your Indian wear yourself from the damage that has been done.
Sounds like you? Well then, here we have just what you need. A quick and easy guide to help you care for rescue your precious Indian silks and linens from the post festivity damage you wish had not happened.
Most traditional Indian wear is delicate and needs special care. Just follow these steps to make sure that you give them the best care that they deserve.
- Sort you clothing: Separate clothes with different care requirements. Separate whites from colors, linens from silks and embellished clothes from plain clothing. Some items may require specific care so don’t bundle all your Indian wear together. A bandhni garment is best kept away from other as it usually bleeds color.
- Refer to labels: Check labels for specific washing or cleaning instruction. Some fabrics may shrink in water, and some may require cold water. Follow the instructions when washing. If your Anarkali says only dry clean, then resist the temptation to wash it at home in the washing maching.
- Avoid using hot water: Hot water is often considered ideal for removing stains. However, many stains like eggs stains actually become tougher using hot water. Simply use tap water to avoid that. If you have wine stain on your banarasi saree then consider using 3 parts of hydrogen peroxide with 1 part of dishwashing liquid. Leave for 20 minutes and then blot out the soap mix before washing, to avoid spreading the stain.
- Pre-treat the stains: Sometimes all you need to remove a stain is to leave a dab of mild detergent on the area before the complete wash cycle. If this doesn’t work the first time, try to rinse and repeat till it fades visibly. This could work well with some mixed fabrics or your favorite lace and net Saree.
- Bleach with care: Using bleach for whites is a great option, however resist the tendency to drench a stain in bleach as it usually leaves a yellow stain and also weakens the fabric resulting in holes on the bleached area. It is much better instead to soak the fabric in diluted bleach and rinse and repeat the soak if the effect is not as desired on the first wash. Your favourite white kurta may be better off dyed in another color rather than with a big hole on the middle.
Follow these instructions and rescue your clothes from the damage caused. It is always better to follow these steps with care while washing your Indian traditional clothing than to simply dump it at the laundry. After all you can always replace a clothing but it is hard to replace a garment that reminds you of the happy times you had while wearing it.
Article By : Bhavna R