Handloom sarees like Banarasi, Kanchipuram, Jamdani, Ikkat, Kalamkaris are some of the crown jewels of Indian ethnic fraternity. Sometimes they are heirloom assets having both emotional and financial values. With the delicate sophisticated and ornate embellishments of a Handloom Saree, even an ordinary-looking girl can be turned into an elegant diva just in a moment.
Considering the value and delicacy of these sarees, it is important to take proper care while handling them. They need extra care and attention to appropriate maintenance. Such sarees are prone to staining, environmental corrosion and also wear & tear. And thus maintaining them properly is a bit tricky. Therefore, it would be good for them to be washed and dry cleaned by professional dry cleaners. Though you have to pay more, this investment is worth. However, if you can’t afford it, you should deal with it single-handedly.
Here Are Some Expert Tips To Help You Take Good Care Of Your Handloom Sarees.
How To Wash The Saree
In case of first time wash, don’t dip the saree directly in the soapy water. Better you keep it soaked in saltwater for some time. But don’t soak them overnight as it might lead to discoloration. After being soaked, rinse the saree thoroughly with normal water at least 2 to 3 times before washing them with detergent. Doesn’t use bleach dyes or any harsh chemical either on such delicate fabrics. You can rather use shampoo or any mild liquid detergent meant for delicate clothes. Don’t use any brush as this can easily tear the saree. Never use hot water as well to wash Handloom Saree. Washing in the washing machine is a big No-No.
How To Remove Stains
In case of accidental staining, take immediate action. For oily stains, use talcum powder; sprinkle it on the saree and wait until the oiliness is soaked completely. Now gently rub the area and eventually wash off. On the other hand, for gravy or any beverage stain, use a cotton ball dipped in pure petrol to wipe the area off. For tougher stains, it would be good to take the attire to the professional.
How To Dry Them
Drying handloom fabric after being washed is a bit tricky. It needs patience and time. Don’t dry them in direct sunlight as it may cause discolouration. Dry in shade. Don’t squeeze the wet saree to avoid creases. Rather wrap it in an absorbent, clean, preferably white coloured towel or tissue and then press it gently. You can, however, spread out the clothing flat on any natural surface. But avoid window sills, painted surface, rusty racks or fences to avoid getting stained. Dry them separately. Otherwise, bleeding colours may ruin the colour of your favourite saree.
How To Store
The sarees should be dried out completely before they are being stored in a wardrobe. Otherwise, the moisture may damage the fabric. Keep the saree in a dry and dark place to avoid fading. Keep the saree wrapped in pure cotton or muslin cloth to let the air pass through while protecting the same from dampness. Keep the sarees vertically while in hanging position. But don’t use any metallic hanger to avoid rust stains.
Handloom sarees should be taken care of delicately. Otherwise, it can be a poor victim of natural wear and tear as well as discolouration and damage.