We’ve put together a guide to help you care for our unique indian clothing.
Our Indian garments are made by a long chain of skilled and dedicated workers, literally passing from hand to hand. They are not mass produced and they are not made from synthetic fabrics. They may not be perfect, but rather, are each hand-produced creations with all the inconsistencies and interest that this process brings. The garments are alive, the natural fabrics breathe and fall beautifully, each piece flattering, comfortable and uniquely individual.
This guide has been put together to help you launder your Indian clothing to ensure it lasts. Before just assuming everything needs washing, check for stains and instead air them by simply hanging them out in a shady spot for a few hours. This process will freshen clothing that is not necessarily ‘clean’ but also not really dirty. This is better for the environment and your clothing.
Check the in-seam tag before you launder your clothing
Ideally, hand-washing is best for all our clothing. If you are unsure, check the tag inside to see if it should be hand-washed or machine washed and what the water temperature should be. If you do machine wash, never use a regular setting and instead use the delicate setting, placing particularly delicate pieces in a lingerie wash bag. Handwash is always be the most gentle and suistainable and is recommended for most of our items.
Always wash in your clothing in their seperate colour families
Keep your blues with blues, whites with whites, reds with reds and black by itself. For indigo items, please read below. Always assume some surface dye may come out of these garments, particularly in the first few washes. Washing in colour families means the garments help each other stay fresh and vibrant. Always air dry our clothing in a shady spot. We recommend against ever using a dryer to avoid shrinkage and damage
Use a quality laundry product when laundering your clothing
Always use quality washing products, never harsh bleaches or stain removers. White cotton garments are an exception if they become stained or yellow. For simple, sturdy items (not lacy or delicate) use whiteners according to the instructions. Expect that heavily saturated colours such as deep greens and blues may exude some excess dye. Be careful about wearing such colours with light clothing and underwear, especially on a hot day.
Air out clothing to refresh them without need to fully launder them
Some clothes may rarely need a wash. Instead, air them by hanging them out in a shady spot for a few hours. This process will freshen clothing that is not necessarily ‘clean’ but also not really dirty. Less washing is better for the environment and for your clothing. Our clothes aren‘t fragile, but you do need to understand their distinctive qualities and treat them with respect. Don’t forget, this is boho clothing. A few imperfections add to the charm and individuality of the garment.
Indigo is a natural dye, coloured by hand to produce deep, beautiful blue hues.
Indigo’s name derives from its origin – simply meaning ‘the Indian’ or ‘from India’. The use of indigo dye dates back to 5000 years ago, and is reported as one of the oldest dyes in the textile industry. As we use a plant-based dye, the colour does not bond to the fabric as strongly as a synthetic blue dye (which only produces one colour). Today, there are very few producers that offer natural indigo dye – as they opt for cheaper and faster synthetic options.
Tree of Life chooses to continue to use the natural and traditional method of indigo dying. Our indigo colour varies, dependent on where the indigo was grown and the weather at the time making each garment unique. Indigo may transfer onto other items so remember to wash your indigo garments separately and avoid wearing white or light colour undergarments. It has been known to transfer onto furniture and rugs, so take care where you sit until you are sure all surface dye has been removed through washing.
Take care that any light or white accessories such as white leather bags stay clear of your indigo garment until you’re sure the surface dye has stopped transferring. Not all indigo items shed surface dye: most are completely stable. A fixative can be used to help stabilise the dye, such as Synthrapol Detergent or Retayne Color Fixative. Wash indigo pieces with lukewarm water and a small amount of detergent to ensure they last.
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