Jaipur is known for its excellent cotton fabric, and the variety of forms the cloth is available in is truly amazing. The towns of Sanganer and Bagru (both near Jaipur) produce the highly popular block printed cloth, which is created, usually in floral patterns, using vegetable dyes.
1. Colour bleeding
While all the colours of our garments are fast, deep-dyed garments are still prone to colour-bleeding. The best way to prevent your garments from losing their colour is to hand wash them in cold water. We suggest doing different sets of laundry and avoiding mixing garments while washing. Please note that it isn’t just new garments that could bleed colour; older garments are prone to bleeding too. Hence, irrespective of the garment age, always wash the garments separately in cold water.
2. Drying & Shrinkage
It’s always recommended to dry your garments in shade. Sunlight could lead to colour fading, especially for dark/bright/deep dyed garments. While turning the garment inside out and drying may be an option, it is best to avoid the sun altogether.
While most of our garments are pre-shrunk, the natural cloth fibres tend to get compressed under the impact of excessive heat which ultimately leads to shrinkage. Cotton fabric is constructed with the application of a certain amount of tension to the yarn. The release of this tension in the washing machine due to the action of the washer and the dryer (and steamer) is what causes cotton fabric to shrink back to its original size.
3. Ironing and creasing
For a neater and smoother look, ensure you iron the back or inside of the fabric as well as the outside. Start ironing the underside, or inside the fabric first, so as to eliminate creases while ironing the outside. We recommend our customers not to iron on the embellishment to ensure the durability of the hand-work.
We appreciate and Thank all those who really adore Handblock prints and encourage us, our Nihal textiles team, to create and come up with newer products along with our traditional items that are appreciated since decades. We are overwhelmed with the positive responses received from all over the world.
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(A unit of Nihal Textiles)