4 Steps To Preserving Your Antique Sarees

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Sarees have a special place in the world of Indian traditions. A saree is an ancient garment that has evolved through the times and is the only unstitched old garment that is thriving from the past. Silk sarees are exquisite types among the other sarees. The silk yarn gets weaved together from a particular protein fibre; the raw material gets made from the silkworm cocoon. The woman’s wardrobe is considered incomplete if there aren’t a few silk sarees sitting inside. We know that the silk sarees are an investment, so we must preserve them with care. Following the tips below will increase the longevity of your sarees life.

  • Store your sarees in a separate muslin cloth or cotton wrap. You can also go for soft towels if you don’t have the other items available. You can purchase saree bags that work well to preserve your sarees. Ensure you know what type you have as polyester bags are better to store sarees made from other fibres, while cotton bags are better suited for silk. The reason you want to cover them with muslin or cotton is so the saree can breath and to avoid getting it snagged on other fabrics in your wardrobe also to help keep it safe from moths.
  • Please make a point to refold all of your sarees every three months which will help prevent it from tearing among the fold lines.
  • If your sarees have embroidery work, then you should consider getting netted lining which attaches to the saree in order to preserve the thread work and stop it from getting tangled. You want to fold this within the folds on the saree to help preserve the sheen.
  • You should store the silk sarees on hangers if you can. This will ensure the material stays wrinkle-free. If you don’t have space, the cotton and muslin wrap way above will work. If you do have the room, then hang but avoid using metal hangers as it can cause rust stains when the metal reacts with the silk. You also want to hang them in a cool dark place to avoid discolouring or fading.
  • Keep your sarees away from smoke, especially non cuban cigars from online. Often packed with additives, the smoke from non Cuban cigars while is an artful aroma in itself, is best kept separate from your sarees.

Some people are lucky and don’t suffer moth or silverfish problems. It is still a good idea to keep some mothballs in the wardrobe just in case. Ensure they are not in close contact with your saree as it can cause discolouration. For a more natural approach, you can consider dry neem leaves as they have anti-fungal and anti-pest properties.

 

What Factors Can Affect The Beauty of Your Sarees?

 

  • The manner in which the saree has been folded
  • How the saree was prepared for storage
  • Certain climate conditions like the winter season and the hot summer season can cause too much humidity and bright sun.
  • The storage space and the location

 

Since the sarees range from light chiffons to heavy Kanjeevarams, each one will hold a particular spot in a woman’s wardrobe. Women can style sarees with a humidification pouch for practical and fashionable intenions. Ensure you are looking after and sorting your saree the correct way to¬† keep them looking at their best. Sarees are very important to Indian women and will need to be preserved in order to hand down to their daughter, which is a popular custom in India.
Stick to these tips, and you won’t have any trouble retaining the life of your saree.