Storing and caring for a saree is as much of an art as weaving. It is important to understand the nature of the fabric, the type of dyes used and the various embellishments employed in adorning it. Right from draping and washing to drying and folding, caring for your saree requires a great deal of attention at every stage. Adopting simple and effective steps daily can go a long way in ensuring that the saree retains its glory, grandeur.
General fabric care tips
- Rolling up your sarees before storing them decreases sharp creases and tears.
- Check the salinity of the water before you use it for laundry. If the salinity is high it will harm the fabric.
- Use acid-free sheets as lining to your wardrobe or inbetween sarees.
- Do not store sarees in a humid environment as it leads to dampness and mould growth.
- Never wash your heavily embellished sarees in a machine.
- Always iron the fabrics inside out at a medium heat.
Silk and cotton fabrics require a little extra care. Here are a few tips to maintain them so that they look new every time you drape them.
- Do not squeeze, wring or brush your silk sarees to remove dirt or stain. Soak it in water with a mild detergent and hand wash it gently or dry clean it.
- Avoid spraying perfumes, deodorants or fragrances directly on your silk saree as it may leave a non-removable stain.
- While ironing a silk saree, reverse the fabric and then iron it, as direct high impact can affect its glow and shimmer.
- Understand the texture of your saree, as certain silk saree variations require you to place a soft cotton in between while ironing.
- Store it in a breathable bag made of cotton or muslin.
- Refold them regularly to prevent the formation of deep ceases and tears in the fold lines.
Soak your cotton saree in warm water with rock salt for 20 minutes prior to washing to prevent colour bleeding.
Use very low heat or use a press cloth while ironing your Cotton weaves. Do not move the iron back and forth as they can stretch and pull the delicate threads.
- Do not dry your cotton sarees directly in the sun as this may lead to daing of colours.
- Store in cotton saree bags or hang them neatly in your wardrobe.
- Remember to starch them once in a while to retain their crispness.
Natural Insect Repellent
Natural fibres are susceptible to deterioration and insect infestation because of their organic nature. Keep them at bay with a DAY natural insect repellent, that is easy, effective and safe to use along with your sarees. Store them in soft cotton pouches along with the saree and avoid direct contact. Alternatively, you can pick these natural repellent pouches at our stores.
DIY Natural Insect Repellent Powder
- Sweet Flag
- Black Cumin
- Pulverise these ingredients into a fine powder
- Pack in porous pouches made of soft cotton or muslin
- Store it along with your sarees and avoid direct contact
- Replace every month for the desired effect