Khadi is not just any fabric; it is India’s pride and has received global recognition. As you know, Gandhiji started the movement to make and popularise khadi in India, and boycott foreign-made fabric during the fight for India’s independence from the British.
Apart from its historical significance, khadi is durable and eco-friendly, making this a fabric truly by India and for Indians.
Since it’s handmade, it requires gentle care and maintenance to keep your khadi clothing looking its best. Here are some steps to get your khadi clothes ready.
Let’s get started.
Step 1: Pre-treat
Pre-treat any stains with a mild cleaning solution. In a cup of water, mix 1 tsp. of mild detergent and mix well. Apply this solution on the stains and gently rub with your fingers. Let it rest for 10-15 minutes and rinse with cold water.
Step 2: Soak
To a bucket of cold water, add 1 tsp. of mild laundry detergent and soak your khadi clothes in this for 30 minutes.
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Step 3: Wash
It’s time to wash! Generally, we suggest hand-washing khadi garments because these are delicate clothes. Always use cold water to hand-wash your khadi garments and rinse them gently. But if the wash care instructions suggest machine-washing, do so on a gentle wash cycle with cold water. Hot water is a big no-no! It could cause shrinkage and may also cause the fabric to roughen.
Step 4: Dry
Once you are done with washing, wring out excess water and allow them to dry naturally in the shade. Say no to hot ironing as this can damage khadi.
This process can be used for all types of khadi variants, including khadi silk.
There you go! Follow these simple steps and wear your khadi clothes with pride.
Always wash your dark and light-coloured clothes separately to prevent the colour from transferring.