About BishwoRANG fabrics
Other than a few exceptions, such as kids-wear, most of BishwoRANG products are handcrafted using the finest natural fibres. The subtle variations in their colour, texture and finishing are the signature of the human hand. Each of the products comes with its own regional specialty and character, and creating them can be a lengthy process rooted in the crafts-based traditions of hand spinning, dying, weaving, wood-block printing and embroidery. From cotton to silk, the fabrics in your wardrobe need specific care. With these fabric care tips for washing, drying, and treating stains, you can keep your clothing looking fabulous. Your clothing is an investment. Knowing how to properly care for the different types of fabric in your wardrobe can help keep clothing looking its best and lengthen its life. Follow these tips to learn how to launder, dry, and iron common garment fabrics. Always read the garment’s sewn-in care label before proceeding.
Common Fabrics & Their Care
Cotton: Hot Water Wash — Tumble Dry Warm
Cotton is a worldwide favorite for comfortable, versatile clothing. A natural fiber, cotton can be found in garments as casual as a T-shirt or as elaborate as a ball gown.
Cotton fibers will shrink unless the fabric has been preshrunk or processed, so start with the care label. “Cold water only” may signal that your ankle-length cotton trousers will convert themselves to capri pants if not washed correctly.
Cotton items that are preshrunk may be washed in hot, warm or cold water, depending on the color of the garment and the care label recommendations.
If care labels agree, add chlorine bleach to white cotton wash loads to remove stains; colored cottons may be brightened by non-chlorine bleach formulated for colored clothing. Cold-water washing will protect the deep color of cotton jeans and preserve the pep of brightly colored Hawaiian shirts.
Over drying cotton will encourage shrinkage; dry cotton garments at a lower heat and remove them from the dryer while still fairly cool.
Linen: Cool Water Wash — Air Dry
Linen is a natural fiber, made from the flax plant. Check care labels on linen garments to determine whether the garment must be dry-cleaned. If machine-washable, wash according to label instructions, using water appropriate to the garment’s color. Linen absorbs more water during the washing process than other fibers, so guard against overcrowding in the washer and dryer. Iron linen from the inside out, using steam at a hot iron setting.
Silk: Hand Wash or Cool Warm Wash — Tumble Dry Cool or Air Dry
Supple, strong and lustrous, this natural fiber is among the world’s oldest clothing materials. While silk fiber itself is washable, many weave patterns used for silk fabric will tighten or pucker if washed, and deep dye tones may not be color-fast.
Let garment labels guide you when cleaning silk garments. “Dry-clean only” signals a fabric or construction that will not survive washing. Launder washable silk garments using products formulated for hand washing or delicate fabrics. Mild baby shampoo (without conditioning additives that may add wax or oils) is a good choice for hand-washable silk fabrics. It will clean the natural protein and revitalize the fiber.
Never tumble silk in the dryer. Instead, roll the item in a towel to press out moisture, and then hang to dry. Press silk garments with a warm iron.
Wool: Hand Wash — Air Dry
Sheep love it, and we do, too: the soft, warm fiber made from wool. Naturally insulating and easy to dye, wool fabric runs the gamut from rugged tweeds to floating wool challis.
In the natural state, wool is washable, but because many wool garments incorporate construction methods that cannot be washed, dry-clean wool clothing where the label requires. If washable, use a gentle detergent and hand wash or machine-wash as directed by the clothing care label.
A tip from a venerable Shetland Islands’ knitter: Wash and rinse wool fibers in lukewarm water. Using cold water to rinse can cause shrinkage when it comes to wool.
Acetate: Hand Wash — Air Dry
Acetate is a man-made fiber, often found blended with other fibers to create beautiful.