Wash & Care
Our fabrics may be exotic and exceptionally beautiful, but a little bit of education can go a long ways when it comes to washing and care instructions. With a little bit of attention paid to proper care, you would find that your garments retain their colors and remain lovely for a long time. Though we would anyday recommend DRY CLEANING for our products, in other cases, below are few descriptions of the specific fabrics featured at Jugalbandhi & on how to best care for each of them.
Indian embroidery ranks among the world's finest. Either hand or machine embroidery requires dry cleaning. In some cases, a careful hand wash is fine, too. Mirror work is done by hand; small glass or foil mirrors are encased with a hand stitched thread. Embroideries lasts more when dry cleaned.
Indigo is beautiful, but it needs to be treated with care and love, while making and wearing, both. It’s common for indigo dyes to lose color, less so for natural dyes, but not completely avoidable. Avoid direct sunlight, this can cause excessive fading. Indigo garments fade over the time, it’s characteristic for the color and only adds to its charm. After all, we all love our faded denims, don’t we? We suggest dry clean only for Indigos.
An intricate method of creating a pattern onto cloth. First the unwoven threads are bound and dyed. After the loom is harnessed, the cloth is woven to reveal its pattern. Double ikats refer to this treatment on both the warp and weft. Colors may bleed – this is less likely for new fabrics, but there is a chance of bleeding. That is why, when you wash Ikats, make sure that you wash it by hand in cold water with a mild detergent.
Indian silks are sumptuous. Dry cleaning is best for most silks although hand washing is doable for those willing to accept that shrinkage and temporary texture change is inevitable. Any lined garment should always be dry cleaned!
Wooden blocks are carved by hand and used to print patterns on cotton. Often natural/vegetable dyes are used. These prints are color fast if the garment is washed cool. Air dry usually is best. Dry cleaning works better for block prints, as color might bleed in hand/machine wash.
Considered to be India's staple textile. Most cottons come sized with rice starch to give the fabric stiffness. One wash will remove much of the sizing. Two or three washings give a soft fine flow to the garment. One can always spray back in the starch washed out if a crisp look is desired.