A handcrafted saree that takes an artisan a month (or two!), of dedication and artistry, to create is worth enjoying for a long time. It is a piece of wearable art, and a slice of history, that deserves to be passed on from generation to generation.
While this is a sentiment shared by many women, both old and young, given our rushed lives today it is a bit of a hassle to remember what exactly needs to be done and when.
Well, to save you time and stress, and because we love all you saree lovers, we at Jullaaha, have put together a handy series on saree care and preservation.
This week we start with the Kalamkari Saree, that whimsical, hand-painted, beauty, that gets you a host of compliments every time you adorn your beautiful self with it.
So here goes.
The most important point to remember here is, authentic Kalamkari sarees are painted using natural dyes and any harsh chemicals, or prolonged exposure to direct, strong sunlight, will cause this colour to fade over time.
Cleaning Your Kalamkari Saree
1. Mix rock salt in water and let your Kalamkari saree soak in this liquid for about 30 minutes.
2. Wash out all the salt water by rinsing the Kalamkari saree gently in cold water.
3. If you want to use a soap, avoid harsh detergents. Instead, use a mild shampoo. Make sure you rinse out all the shampoo though.
4. To dry, hang out your Kalamkari saree in a shady area, away from direct sunlight. Do not wring or twist the saree to dry. To drain excess water, lay the wet saree between clean, soft, white towels and press gently.
Ironing Your Kalamkari Saree
1. Iron the Kalamkari saree on a low setting
2. Always on the reverse side of the saree, never iron directly on the artwork
3. Use a cotton cloth as a base to place your saree on while ironing, preferably on an ironing board or table.
Storing Your Kalamkari Saree
1. Store your Kalamkari saree in a cool, dark space.
2. Wrap the saree in a thin cotton cloth, preferable muslin, to allow it to breathe. Never use plastic cases or boxes to store natural fibres.
3. Refold your saree at regular intervals, along different fold lines, to prevent creases and fraying.
4. Keep away insects using neem leaves. Place these next to your Kalamkari sarees for a natural insect repellent.
5. Dry your saree completely before storing. Never store damp sarees.
Now, wasn't that simple. You can now wear your gorgeous Kalamkaris bravely. We have your back.
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– St. Jerome 4th century AD
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