Here’s what you need to do to increase the shelf-life of your sari
If you’ve spent a fortune building a collection of silk saris, and are now faced with the predicament of preserving them, here’s what you can do
Indian weaves, albeit gorgeous, are tough to maintain. If your trunks are stocked with silk saris and you’re struggling to find ways to preserve their gleam and texture, then these tips and tricks will ease your sari-related woes.
Sari draper Kalpana Shah asserts that one must dry-clean silk saris instead of washing them at home. She adds, “While storing your saris, wrap them in mulmul or soft cotton fabric. At least once a year, remove your saris from storage and change the folds to prevent damage. Furthermore, after every monsoon, silk saris must be kept in direct sunlight for two to three hours. This process removes the moisture from the fabric. Zari silk saris have to be polished once every two years to retain the lustre.”
If you prefer to keep your clothes in order, then these suggestions by designers Swati and Sunaina will have you covered. It is important to air the saris whenever you can to allow the natural silk fibres to breathe. Just as you avoid spraying perfume on your clothes, it is especially important to not to do so with silk saris to prevent the zari from getting tainted. They say, “Storing the saris with camphor is ideal. The use of naphthalene balls should be avoided. These saris mustn’t be stored with woollen clothing. Ironing your clothes the right way is crucial and for silk saris–iron them on the reverse side. Furthermore, avoid stacking saris in a pile to prevent wear and tear caused by folds. Either roll them up or store them in individually packed boxes.”
These easy-to-follow tips will ensure that your saris retain their glory, enabling you to hand them down to the next generation as priceless heirlooms.
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