Saree is one of the most elegant and beautiful garments worn by Indian woman. In their treasure trove they have some of the most intricately designed and finely woven designer sarees
. Woman often buy designer sarees in India
but seldom are they aware of how to take care of those beautiful and expensive pieces hanging in their wardrobes.
Understand the Type of Sarees
All the women who do designer sarees shopping in India, should firstly understand the type of the saree before actually venturing into its maintenance part. If you are dealing with plain cotton, silk, georgette or chiffon saree then you can easily wash them at home using protein based detergents, soap nuts, chemical free detergents or any other mild product specially made for such pure fabric.
But the saree in question has intricate embroidery, zari work, embellishments or heavy border then you have no other choice then dry cleaning the saree.
Know the Fabric
Another important aspect of saree maintenance is finding out that the fabric under consideration is pure, blended or faux. Usually faux fabrics do not require heavy maintenance and can be easily washed at home using regular detergent. Similarly blended fabrics such as blend of cotton and silk also have simpler maintenance rules and can be easily maintained using high quality mild detergents at home. In case of pure cotton or pure silk sarees you will need to follow a set of procedure for washing, drying, ironing and storing the sarees. To maintain luster and color of silk saree you have to protect it from sunlight and extreme temperatures at the time of washing, drying and ironing.
Washing Silk Saree at Home
In case you decide to wash your silk sarees
at home you can wash it using plain cold water. You will have to take care that you wash all the parts of the saree such as pallu, border and body separately. After wash you can feed the protein content of the saree with a protein shampoo. It is always advisable to hang the silk saree for drying and then store it in muslin cloth after iron.
Dry cleaning of the saree is done using certain solvents and chemicals which do not affect the fabric like water. It is always better to get pure fabric with intricate embroidery and embellishments to be dry cleaned.
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22 Jul 2019