Fabric Care 102 : Taking care of Your Organic Kalamkari Fabrics
Regular use of chemicals may fade the color of your fabrics and clothes and can also make it weak. In this post, we are telling you some easy and efficient ways of treating your organic cotton fabrics at home for the first time before you start using them.
Many people think that they can't machine wash Organic cotton fabrics which is true unless one wants to clean a thick and strong fabric such as Kalamkari cotton. You can machine wash them. Just remember following tips before the very first wash:
1. Take a bucket filled with water, add about 3-4 spoons of regular salt to it, mix well and dip the fabric (2-3 yards) into it for 2-3 hours. Rinse a couple of time to remove salty water. This will fix the color forever. Please note that you need to increase the quantity of salt and water depending upon the length of the fabric or number of clothes. Or you can repeat the process for small sets of fabrics.
2. Use regular machine wash settings for cotton fabrics after removing the salt water from fabrics. Try not to put them in dryer regularly. Hot air from the dryer may harm the yarn.
3. Iron on reverse side for the first time and they are ready to use.
4. For very thin cotton fabrics like muslin, it is better to hand wash in mild detergent.
Note: If you have time, try to dry them under the shade, away from harsh sunlight and you can make them last really long. Always use mild detergent to wash these fabrics. The detergents meant for washing woolen and silks are best suited for washing organic cotton fabrics. You can conditon them using a good fabric conditioner.