Welcome to your simple guide on caring for your soft fabrics!
We believe an object can elevate both beholder and maker. In a world of mass-produced goods, we offer artisan-made home and apparel crafted in fair-trade environments from around the globe. We strive to live fully, slow down to enjoy life’s little luxuries, and choose everyday to create a world connecting maker, owner and earth.
With any new piece, it’s recommended to wash it before using or wearing. This helps to ensure anything from production and shipping has been cleaned away.
You also want to check the label to see if machine washing or hand washing is best. Product tag MIA? You can always find our care instructions in the product descriptions online, just in case you’ve removed the tag and forget!
Wash in cool water to prevent shrinking and preserve colours, you can get away with warm water if it’s not too hot. Washing cotton in hot water can also cause it to shrink, so avoid that at all costs. Bonus protection points for washing inside-out. We recommend the delicate cycle for this - you can always opt for the extra soaking cycle for that first wash if you like!
Continuing with the no heat theme, cotton fabrics can be air-dried or machine dried using no heat or low heat.
This is the part of the process that usually results in shrinking, so we always recommend air-drying over machine drying. When air-drying, lay flat to retain shape and out of the sun to prevent fading.
If you insist on tumble drying (remember, LOW or NO heat!), consider using our Alpaca Dryer Balls to help speed this process up, eliminate static, and support an all-female artisan co-op in Peru.
Only put away your cotton when it’s completely dry. As a life rule, join our ‘never put awayanything unless it’s completely dry’ club.
If you’re hanging cotton clothes, we recommend using wooden hangers vs wire hangers.
If you’re folding either clothes, blankets or other textiles, avoid rolling it as that can stretch out fabric.
And of course, keeping in a dry, covered place can make all the difference for the lifespan of all clothing and textiles.
One benefit of Turkish cotton - even if it feels so exceptionally soft - is that compared to the short fibres of regular cotton, the ESL component of Turkish cotton yields longer threads. Longer threads mean a more durable weave with fewer joins/seams. Bonus: it gets softer with more use too. (Learn more about Turkish cotton here!)
No heat, no wire hangers and no rolling. Mindfully caring for your cotton will ensure that you get that bang for your buck when investing in a luxurious crinkle cardigan, skirt or blanket. It also means that if you can extend the lifespan of your possessions, you are contributing to a more sustainable lifestyle. I’ll air-dry to that, any day.
Erin is an artist and all-around creative-type from Ottawa, Canada. She is fascinated by process and spends a lot of time exploring what it means to be creative, why humans are driven to create, and in what ways we all apply creativity to our lives. She also loves to write and dabble in several different forms. You can find her artwork and poetry on Instagram @fibreaesthetics and her available work at www.fibreaesthetics.ca.