Soft silk

Soft silks are silks with the natural gum removed. Silk is strong, flexible, and fibrous, and is essentially a long continuous strand of protein. It is widely used to make thread and fabric. The soft, lustrous fiber obtained as a filament from the cocoon of the  silkworm.

orange soft

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Silk saree wash and care

When a saree is worn on a special occasion, we have some memories attached to the clothing. So, it is more important to preserve them for a long term. To retain the glory of silk, a great deal of meticulousness is required at every stage. With proper care, silk can be well-maintained for years together.

Washing

  1. Do not use soap for the first three washes. Gently rinse in plain cold water.
  2. For the subsequent washes, use a mild detergent.
  3. Wash the pallu, border and body separately.
  4. Avoid washing the saree with inferior quality material or bright colours.
  5. You can use a protein shampoo with warm/cold water. The shampoo protein will feed the protein in the silk.
  6. Avoid using chemicals – these may damage and reduce the lifespan of the silk.
  7. Do not brush or lash the silk saree; it might lead to tearing the zari.
  8. Avoid twisting or wringing the silk.
  9. Do not bundle and keep wet for long durations.

Drying

  1. After washing, the saree must be dried immediately.
  2. First, roll the saree in a dry towel to remove the excess moisture.
  3. Then, hang it on to a padded hanger.
  4. Ensure that the silk saree is out of direct sunlight.

Dry-Cleaning

  1.  In dry-cleaning, fluids are used to remove stains from the fabric.
  2. The fluids contain little or no water and do not penetrate the fibre as water does.
  3. Dry-cleaning is the best way to care for silk, since the solvents used do not affect silk.

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Soft silk

Silk Cotton Sarees

Cotton and silk can be combined to make a hybrid fabric.This low luster material is derived from a cotton silk blend. This fabric has the sheen and look of silk with the added benefits of cotton. A superior blend together, this fabric is truly gorgeous. It’s great for all clothing (blouses, skirts, sarees,dresses, loungewear) to quilting and even home furnishings, pillow cases, and accessories.  this beautiful fabric has a shiny side and a matte side. It is lightweight, absorbent and soft, though not as smooth as silk. The elasticity and feel of the fabric depends largely on the percentages used of each. Cotton blends come in all types of clothing, furniture coverings etc.

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Handwoven silk cottontomato red

Matka silk Sarees

 

Matka is an Indian term for rough handloom silk fabric made from very thick yarns spun out of pierced cocoon in the weft and organzine in warp. The yarns are obtained from short ends of silk from Mulberry silkworms and spun by hand without removing the gum .As such, there are irregularities that give the fabric a unique character.  Cocoons required to produce Matka are mainly obtained from Karnataka and Kashmir but spinning is mostly done in the villages of Malda and Murshidabad districts in West Bengal by women by hand spinning.

Filaments of the cocoons of this silk from Bihar were originally unwound and  plied together on a mud pot, or Matka

matka red

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