Traditional wear is the one staple that has held its ground since time immemorial in India. With our cultural diversity and festivals, we are used to buying finery and dressing up for every occasion. We also go through a lot of difficulty behind the scenes in terms of searching for the perfect fabric, color, design, matching jewellery, etc. So why not invest a little more time and make sure that your perfect outfit remains perfect longer by keeping in mind these easy tips for preserving your valuable ethnic wear!
Storing your outfits the correct way
Storing your valuable finery is the most important step in preserving your outfits. Ensure that you are storing your silk sarees in soft muslin bags to avoid kinks in the fabric. Any outfit which has zari work, needs special care. The zari will start to oxidize if you don’t store it in a plastic zipper bag, away from moisture. You can also add neem leaves to avoid mold and insects from spoiling your fabrics.
Refolding your fabric at regular intervals
Yes, as simple as it sounds, this easy trick goes a long way in preserving your fabric! When your clothes are stored in the closet over a long duration, they tend to form permanent creases and dull the fabric shine especially in the case of silk and embroidery work. So taking the finery out, keeping it in the sun for a while and then repacking it along a different line can actually help maintain its appearance, keeping mold and bad odor at bay.
Washing your saree and dry cleaning
The most important aspect here is to refrain from washing/dry cleaning your ethnic attire too often. An overdose of dry cleaning may discolor your garment so it need not be done every single time you wear the outfit. The first wash of a cotton saree should always be in salt water as this ensures that the colour stays true to the original longer. You can also use a fabric conditioner post washing to keep the garment soft. In the case of silk sarees or sarees with a zari border, it is best to dry clean as it ensures longevity. If you want to regain lost shine and lustre for a silk saree, a quick fix is washing it with one-fourth cup of distilled vinegar mixed in 4 litres of normal water. Make sure you rinse off the vinegar well so as to not damage your delicate fabric.
We all have those moments where you’re so caught up in the food, you accidently spill some on your outfit. Any kind of blotting on your gorgeous attire can be a complete disaster that’ll ruin your look. The first thing you should do immediately is dry the stain to remove the excess oil by using talcum powder or glycerine, and then wash it with cold water. The better care you take of your garment, the longer it will stay. Petrol is also known to be very effective in removing stains. All you need to do is soak the affected area in it for five minutes and then softly rub it with a sponge or cloth. Some other ingredients in place of petrol that work like magic are alcohol, hydrogen peroxide and acetone.
So, all you fashionistas with a designer mind and designer outfits, we hope this article gives you the fashion low-down of taking care of your ethnic outfits, keeping you all set for your next diva appearance!