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Caring for Your Kanchipuram Silks

by Niranjani (ANSR Partners)

Every original handloom Kanchipuram (Kanjeevaram) silk saree, be it new or old, carries a bit of history. The history of silk and weaving in Asia and the Indian subcontinent. 

In addition, these multi-hued, buttery soft silk sarees often carry many stories from our personal histories.

There are said to be 5,000 families involved in the production of silk in the town of Kanchipuram and each saree can last for 100 years or more.

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Given the real and perceived value of these wearable treasures, many of our clients often ask us how to care for their silks.

Here’s a simple guide to cleaning and safeguarding your silks, so that your daughters and granddaughters can wear them as heirloom pieces, a few decades from now.

The most important point to remember here is, Kanchipuram sarees are hand woven and hence the weave is relatively delicate, when compared to a machine-made saree. 

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Cleaning Kanjeevaram Silk Sarees

  1. Wash pure silk sarees only in cold water and with similar colours.
  2. Use a mild soap, preferably shampoo. Make sure you rinse out all the soap thoroughly. Completely avoid bleaches and ammonia-based detergents.
  3. Dry-cleaning is also a good option, particularly for the first cleaning. 
  4. To dry, hang out your Kanchipuram silk saree in a shady area, away from direct sunlight. Do not wring or twist the saree to dry. 
  5. Do not use a dryer for silk sarees, let them naturally air dry.

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Removing Stubborn Stains from Your Kanchipuram Silk Saree

  1. To remove stains such as ink or oils, generously sprinkle talcum powder onto the affected area. Allow the powder to sit for a while. The powder will absorb the grease or ink and draw it out of the material.
  2. Wash out the stain with warm water.

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Storing Your Kanjeevaram Silk Saree

  1. Fold your silk saree inside out to preserve the colours.
  2. Store your silk saree in in a cool, dark space.
  3. Use camphor to keep insects and moths away.
  4. Avoid plastic cases or boxes to store natural fibres.
  5. Refold your saree at regular intervals, along different fold lines, to prevent creases and fraying.
  6. Dry your saree completely before storing. Never store damp sarees.

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How simple was that? If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us.

Psst.... if you want to add to your Silk collection for the wedding or festive season, take a peek at ours.


Niranjani (ANSR Partners)
Niranjani (ANSR Partners)


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