How to take care of embroidered clothes

How to take care of embroidered clothes
By N. LOTHUNGBENI HUMTSOE

Hand embroidery is a beautiful craft, intricately done over many hours and days. In a craft-rich culture like India, these pieces become heirlooms passed down from one generation to another. So, how to care for the garments that we love wearing? Speaking with Shreya Mehra, founder Aab Label shares insights on washing tricks for luxury clothes:

Spot Clean

Threads used for embroidery are often in contrast to the base fabric color. Thus, it is a good idea to spot clean the stains using a damp muslin cloth or a mild fabric shampoo. This will prevent the thread colors from bleeding on the base fabric. This is a good way of caring for light-colored garments and those with multi-colored hand-embroideries.

A hand wash is suggested to maintain the delicacy and softness of the fabric. | Pixabay

Avoid Regular Wash

To extend the life of a garment with delicate handwork, do not wash frequently. Especially those pieces which are worn in layers or are season-specific can usually be worn a few times before they need a wash.

Cold Wash

After a few wears, wash the handcrafted garments at 20 degree Celsius or below with mild detergent. While a hand wash is suggested to maintain the delicacy and softness of the fabric, a delicate wash cycle on the machine can serve as a substitute. However, a hand wash ensures that bright colors don't bleed, and the garment doesn't fade.

Stubborn Stains

If the stains are stubborn and don't go away with spot cleaning, dry clean is recommended. This will ensure that embroidery thread colors don't bleed and ruin the garment while the stain is also removed. Alternatively, stubborn stains can be pre-treated with a stronger stain remover before the whole garment is washed in cold water. However, before experimenting with any kind of stain cleaners, it is suggested to try a small patch on the reverse side of the garment to ensure no damage.

Once you've worn a garment, try hanging it in the fresh air for 20-30 minutes before you store them in your wardrobe. (Representational Image) | Unsplash

Air the Garments

A good trick to maintain the freshness of garments even if worn in layers is to air them. Once you've worn a garment, try hanging it in the fresh air for 20-30 minutes before you store them in your wardrobe. This will prevent the moisture from being trapped in the weaves of the fabric which can cause odour. Storing a well-aired garment helps increase the life of our favorite pieces. (IANS/SP)

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