How to care Precious Silk & Zari Garments
Store: Wrap expensive Silk and Zari Garments in thin Cotton/ Muslin Cloth, Keep them in the Darkest Part of the Cup Board to prevent discoloration. Store them away from dust, sunlight and moisture. Don’t hang them in Hanger for Long Storage. Keep refolding every few days to avoid cracks in silk and zari garments. On the removal of the Garment, expose it to air for fully dry and free to smell before store in it.
Wash: Wash at home in cool water (Don’t wash Zari/ Thread work/embroidered Garment in water). Use non-alkaline (Soft) soap or detergent. Just dip, clean, rinse and lay them flat to dry in shade. Use neither bleach nor hot water. To remove wrinkles, soak silk in glycerin added water.
Dry Clean: Always Steam Iron/ Roll Press and dry-clean Heavy Sarees along with their Blouses at Professional Dry Cleaners. Don’t use starch in Pure Silk (Crepe, Georgette etc. in any structure of Pure Silk), even in Roll Polish from protect them by worms (Silver Fish etc).
Iron: Iron Garments with a Cotton Cloth on them, and embroidered/ painted Garments on the opposite side. Do not sprinkle water while ironing, Steam Ironing is better. Iron them just before wearing to look Fresh.
Preserve: All Garments should be aired and dry (Not Directly in Sun light, more than 10 minutes) Keep naphthalene/ camphor/moth balls wrapped in thin cotton cloth in the wardrobe. Don’t in Zari/ Zari worked Garments. Never Spray perfume/Deo directly on Silks and Zari.
Drapping: While draping, stand on a rug so that the loose end doesn’t get durty. Never pin the Peat or Pallu in Saree and Dupatta directly. Use a piece of paper beneath to avoid tearing.
Zari: To prevent Precious Zari/ Zari worked Garments from turning black, place a small pouch of Ajwain in your wardrobe. If tarnished, have the polished by professionals. Sew a net at the back of zari/ worked sarees so that the zari does not get tangled and torn.
Stains: Stained Garments should be dry cleaned (if stain of oil than strictly petrol wash) immediately. Never use bleach on silk. Use dilute stain removers in the guidance of expert). Use Simple Talcum Powder on Oily Stain immediately to suck the oil.
Color: To retain Silks true color, add a cupful of white vinegar to every 2 gallons of cold/lukewarm water. Wash with a good soap compatible with silk finishes. Squeeze to remove excess water. Never twist or wring it. Never Soak Silk in water for long time.
Cotton clothes require some extra care. This would mean that these cotton clothes need to get starched. This starch makes the cloth stiff and fluffy. And in addition to some cotton suits or sarees need to get dry-cleaned. At the time of dry cleaning, "charak" is applied on the clothes in order to make them crisp. These are just a few things that need to be kept in mind as far as the usage of cotton clothes is concerned. Cotton clothes gives a most graceful effect when properly starched.
As a general rule, georgette fabric can be hand washed in cold water with mild detergent and hung to dry, although it should be kept out of the sun to avoid fading.
Sarees are worn according to the appropriate season, climate, situation, festivals, functions and occasions. For example, in summer, women wear sarees made of cotton cloth, in wedding, women wear, Georgette Sarees, Embroidery Sarees, Chiffon Sarees, Printed Sarees,etc. In this modern era, designer sarees have attained great importance. Designer Sarees designed by famous designers come in different patterns and designs like sarees in kashmiri work, sarees in parsi handwork, sarees in tikki work, sarees in aari work, pitta Indian sarees etc. According to the customs of India, every bride should wear a bridal saree. Bridal designer sarees are available in different textiles and embroidery work like Italian crepe, georgette, jaal work, ari work, zardosi work, tikki work, resham embroidery, pitta, gota, kundan sarees etc. Fashion changes every now and then. With the fashion, people also change their dressing style. Brides also have changed their dressing style. Bridal lehngas have taken place of bridal sarees because the designer bridal lehngas look so gorgeous and come with fascinating designs. The bridal lehngas are available in different patterns and designs like designer lehnga suit in brocade, georgette, raw silk, crepe, cotton silk etc. The lehngas suit is also known as choli suit in some parts of India. The salwar kameez is often less expensive than other wedding dresses. In addition, the salwar kameez, unlike more traditional wedding dresses, can be worn to other functions such as parties, semi-formal events, even work. After choosing the dress it is also important to take care of that designer outfit so you always need tips on fabric care.
Given below are few easy ways to keep your silk sarees long-lasting and looking as elegant and glamorous as a new one.
1. For the first wash, Soak the saree in salt water and then rinse well in cold water.
2. Do not wash with soap in the beginning.
3. After two or three plain water washes, use mild detergent and clean quickly.
4. Do not brush or lash a silk saree.this might tear the zari.
5. Wash pallu(Mundhi) and border separately in the beginning.
6. Do not bundle and keep wet for a long time.
7. In case of stains, wash with cold water immediately.
8. For hard stains soak the stained area with petrol and brush with soft cloth.
9. Do not bundle the wet saree along with the inferior variety clothes like choli,Under gown(Petticoat), etc.
10. While pressing, keep the iron in medum heat only.
11. Store sarees in a cold dry place dusted with neem leaves.
12. Make sure to change the saree fold once a month in order to avoid zari breakage.