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Getting the most out of your silkwear

January 11, 2018

     Silk is one of the strongest, most durable fibers in the world: ounce for ounce, it is stronger than steel. It's also one of the most luxurious and beautiful fabrics with its buttery soft texture and otherworldy shimmer. When properly cared for, your new silkwear will last for many, many years and can be passed down as a beautiful heirloom to your children and grandchildren. 

 

     To take the best care of your silkwear, consider having it professionally drycleaned when necessary. To care for your silk at home, hand wash in cool water with a mild detergent such as Woolite Extra Delicate Care, liquid baby soap, or gentle shampoo (silk is a protein fiber, like hair, which is why shampoo is a good choice for washing). If you have hard water, add 1 Tbsp Borax to your water before washing. Rinse in cool water. To revive shine, add a tablespoon or two of white vinegar to your rinse water. You may also add a few drops of gentle hair conditioner to your rinse water to make your silk feel even softer to the touch. Do not let your silk soak in water for any length of time. Spot cleaning is not recommended. 

 

     Never wring out your silk. Instead, after washing, roll your garment up in a clean white towel and gently squeeze to absorb extra moisture. At this point, you may iron your silk using the silk setting on your iron (never iron dry silk– always make sure your silk is damp when ironing). Foregoing ironing, lay your silk flat to dry to best preserve its shape, or (optionally) hang Habotai Silk up to dry (do not hang up Silk Satin to dry– it is a heavier weave of silk and its weight will stretch the silk unattractively). Store your silk out of direct sunlight, which can damage and discolor your silk pieces. 

 

     When clean and dry, drape your silk dramatically over one shoulder to bring a touch of elegance to your day.

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