How to take care of your Benarasi sarees and cherish them forever!
ROLIANA TEH- SANJHO KAR RAKHNA
A classic Roliana benarasi saree would always showcase the breathtaking amalgamation of art created by our weavers and hand painters. Owning an heirloom textile is experiencing the flow of the dupatta, the undulating fall of a Saree with the exquisite colors of the Resham and zari dhaaga peeping through and the elegance of the colorful tassels finishing the edging of the pallu all contributing to make each Saree or fabric a collector’s delight to be lovingly worn and then passed to the next generation with pride.
Here’s a guide to help you learn how to take care of you Benarasi heirloom textile-
- NO PERFUMES
- Do not spray perfumes directly on your benarasi textiles as they may react with the fabric, or leave a stain.
- DRY CLEAN ONLY
- Wash your benarasi heirloom textile only when necessary and not after every wear. It is advisable to get your benarasi textiles dry cleaned only, and not wash at home, since the temperature of the water or the type of detergent or the washing technique is very likely to cause damage to the textile.
- NO DIRECT IRONING
- If your textile has wrinkles and you need to iron it before or after wearing, use a thin cloth over the saree to iron and avoid direct contact of the ironing surface and the textile.
- FOLDING & STORING
- Lay out your benarasi textile and run your hands through it to avoid any wrinkles. Delicately fold it into a square and wrap it in a muslin/ mulmul cloth only.
- Naphthalene balls or any kind of chemicals should not be kept with the saree.
- It is best to store it in a cool and dry place, away from sunlight, dust and moisture which can cause irreparable damage to your textile.
- Every 4-6 months, take your benarasi heirloom textiles out, open them, refold them and then store them again if you haven’t used it between this period.
- Store the silks separately and do not stack them with other fabrics as this can cause damage to the silk material.
- Avoid using metal hangers to store the saree as they are prone to corrosion that can leave permanent stains and cause damage to the saree.
We proudly stand strong and for the revival of the dying art of the famed heirloom industry, consciously and consistently striving to restore the dying romance between women and weaves, with a keen eye on the fabric, quality, and intricacy in craftsmanship.