You spent quite a lot of money on buying a beautiful designer embroidered kurti. Obviously, this would be a much-cherished piece in your wardrobe, and you would do your best to take care of it.
Do you know that a lot of women don’t prefer buying embroidered kurtis as they’ve had a bad experience with those? Embroidery is a delicate art and needs attention, especially if the embroidery is of zari.
Even if it’s the much common thread embroidery, there are certain things you should keep in mind. Keep reading to know more about how to take care of embroidered kurtis.
1. Remove the dirt
The threads often accumulate dust and shine out when you wear the kurti. Sometimes, the fabric looks quite clean, but this dust between the threads is a cause of concern. Let me share an unusual but useful tip to deal with it.
Use a vacuum cleaner with a hose to run over the embroidery part of the fabric. It will quickly remove all the dust, and you can wear your kurti again without washing it.
The more you wash fabric, the more it wears out. So, instead of washing a kurti just because the embroidery is dirty can be avoided using this simple trick.
2. Do the color transfer test
Have you ever bought an embroidered kurti that got totally spoiled after the first wash? Kurtis with low-quality threads tends to leave color on the rest of the fabric. It leads to color stains on the fabric and apparently makes the entire dress inappropriate to be worn in public.
If you have bought a new kurti, it’s essential that you do the color transfer test. It ensures that there won’t be any color stains after you wash it. Take a damp white cloth and blot it over the embroidered part of the kurti. If the material picks up color, it means you shouldn’t wash the kurti. To clean such a kurti, you must go for the dry cleaning.
3. Hand washes vs. dry cleaning vs. machine wash
Dry cleaning in India is costlier than other methods of washing clothes. So, go for dry cleaning only if the embroidery is very expensive and is of zari. Fabrics with thread work can be easily washed in a machine or by hand. Though, make sure you follow the step 2 and base your decision on color transfer test.
Machine wash isn’t a recommended option for embroidered kurtis as threads may break and show loose ends due to the vigorous washing procedure. If you have to clean it using the machine, keep it on soft settings.
Hand wash is the most economical and safest method to clean embroidered kurtis. Take liquid detergent in cold water and dip the kurti in it for 10-15 minutes and then wash it with clean water. Don’t wring the kurti. Rather wrap it in a towel and squeeze out the water and let it dry in air.
4. Iron it from the backside
Don’t iron an embroidered kurti from the front. It can burn up the threads and spoil the entire embroidery. Rather place the kurti inside out on the ironing board and then iron the whole thing.
The wrinkles would be gone but without any harm to the embroidery.
5. Cut the loose threads
If you see any loose threads coming out of your kurti, which usually happens once you keep wearing the kurti again and again, cut those right when you notice. If you let these go ignored, it will not only look unclean and untidy but also make the design more prone to damage. The loose thread can easily get stuck in jewelry and tear apart even more embroidery. Be careful!
This is the five-step method to take care of your embroidered kurtis. To achieve best results, you must follow each of the steps mentioned. These actions are especially customized for thread embroidery.
Thread embroidery is, in fact, very much in vogue these days. It’s comparatively less expensive and requires less maintenance. The sequins and zari embroidery needs a lot of care and wears out over time. Thread embroidery, however, stays intact for much longer especially when good quality threads are used for the design.
Be careful when you buy such embroidered kurtis as their life is entirely dependent on the quality of threads and the quality of thread work. Both are equally important. I hope you enjoyed reading the post and find it extremely useful.