Some rare weaves like a Paithini or an exclusive Patan Patola that adorns your saree almirah deserves to be preserved for generations. Thus, I just had to share this post on how to store a handloom saree.
I am sure many of us already know of the main points to be kept in mind, but it hurts no one to be given a refresher course in! After all, both you and the Indian artisan has spent their time, effort and money on that gorgeous six yard drape, that Indian beauty, called a saree.
Pure Banarasi Handloom Saree
How Often Should One Wash a Handloom Saree
Now that is a good question. It depends. Depends on the saree type, the extent of usage, how expensive is the saree?
If you are the careful kinds, and have managed the day or event without getting the saree stained, then you can miss giving your precious Chanderi or Banarasi a wash or dry-clean. Simply store it keeping the directions given below in mind.
And if you do want to give it a wash and skip the dry-cleaner, then you might want to read, how to keep your handloom sarees as good as new where I have shared step wise details of the same.
How to Store a Handloom Saree
An expensive handloom saree like a Kanjeevaram or a Banarasi, needs to be not stored but preserved. Always ensure your saree is absolutely dry before storage as moisture can damage the fabric
- Allow the saree to breathe-safeguard it from moisture
- Avoid it from fading-simply store in a dark and dry place.
- Keep them away from your daily clothes shelf for obvious reasons
- Save them from pests, use neem leaves and for heaven’s sake not naphthalene balls
Use Neem Leaves to Preserve Handloom Sarees
Should sarees by stored vertically or horizontally? Well, I personally give a lot of time to my handwoven drapes. When I put them vertically on hangers I ensure they are not the metal hangers that just might rust. I therefore, go in for the sturdy wooden hangers. And though we know this needs to be done on a regular basis we do not follow the regimen of changing the saree folds every 2 or 3 months to avoid wear and tear at the creases.
Keeping this perennial issue in mind, I invested in saree bags. Soft cloth that protects your costly and dear sarees. Infact, when I have customers who buy the exclusive range from us, we wrap it up with love in our special saree bags which are always a hit.
Saree Bags from Indian Artizans
I still haven’t pardoned myself for not caring for one of my light green Chanderis and when I took it out one fine day after months, it was completely destroyed. I used the intact borders to make coasters but believe me my heart bled each time I put my tea cup on it.
Best Practices to Preserve A Saree
Here are some points that I share out of sheer personal experience. I invite you to add to these if something comes to your mind. It shall help us all.
- Apply make-up before wearing your valuable saree or put a towel on your chest
- Stay away from insect replants, and naphthalene balls
- Apply your perfume on your skin and not the handloom saree
- Do not wash the sarees after every wear. Dry them. Store them. Till the saree cries for a wash
- A stitch in time saves nine-adhere to this for your sarees. Fix any tear, thread bear immediately
- To protect its luster and sheen, fold the saree with the zari inwards
- Change the folds of your zari sarees every 3-4 months
And one last but very essential suggestion-invest in good quality saree bags. They go a long way in preserving your best silk sarees.
If you are in the process of trousseau shopping then you might want to know how to choose a Banarasi saree for your wedding.
Till the next post!