For an Indian woman, a saree is much more than any regular clothing. Ask any traditional Indian woman what her most prized possession is, and they’ll point to their wardrobe filled with stunning sarees, each with a unique story. In fact, sarees are the definitive source of memories, sentiments and nostalgia. Some sarees will bring out the scent of her grandmother and her childhood, while others will be a reminder of the lovely times shared with family and friends.

Every inch of this nine yarded garment tells tales while wrapping up culture and tradition in it. And nothing can be more distressing than your beautiful saree ruining. There’s no need to hit the panic button yet. Here, we have the definitive guide on taking care of your precious sarees.

For Chiffon & Georgette Sarees

Chiffon & Georgette Sarees

Due to the delicate nature of these materials, it is highly important that handle your chiffon and georgette sarees with extreme special care since both these fabrics are highly prone to tearing. Avoid wringing these sarees when you hang them up to dry and instead, let the water drip away naturally as it dries in shade. Also, avoid pinning them with too many safety pins as they bound to weaken the fabric and so cause tears. While hanging them in the cupboard, make sure to never hang them for long durations as that could cause it to lose their shape. Refold theses sarees repeatedly, from time to time, to change its fold lines and avoid tearing.

For Silk Sarees

Silk Sarees Collection

The reigning queen of any saree collection, silk sarees are very high maintenance but if taken well care of, they will last for spans of years without losing their luster. The biggest rule you have to follow for caring for your silk sarees is dry cleaning them at any cost to prevent possible damages to this delicate fabric. Avoid spraying water while you iron your silks as it may leave stains. Store silk sarees in pure cotton or muslin cloths for the natural silk fibers to breathe. If you plan to wash your silks at home, do so with a mild shampoo and make sure to wash the saree’s body, border and pallu separately.

For Cotton Sarees

Cotton Sarees Collection Kalamandir

Cotton sarees are inclined to lose their color sooner than other fabrics. When washing it for the first time, soak your saree in warm water with rock salt for 10 minutes. Doing this will lock in the color and prevent it from bleeding. Dark cotton sarees need to be washed separately always as the chances of color bleeding are higher for them. Starching your cotton saree to retain its crispness should be your essential rule to follow.

Follow these tips and protect your sarees forever!

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