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How to Care for Your African Fabrics

09/28/2009 17:11

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If you love the hand-crafted beauty of African textiles then you should know how to care for them to enjoy them for the longest possible time. Here are a few tips on how to care for your fabrics:

Mudcloth It is always wise to test a swatch or small piece of any fabric to make sure the cleaning method and detergent is compatible with the fabric. mudcloth can be cleaned with good results by a dry cleaner, machine washing or by hand washing. Be aware some dry cleaners will not clean hand made fabrics. If machine washing, place fabric in a lingerie bag and wash in cold water using the gentle cycle and a mild laundry detergent. The water will turn dark therefore at least initially the fabric should be washed by itself. You may have to rinse the machine before laundering other clothing. On initial cleaning by any method there may be some fading. Dry flat or hang dry. Mudcloth can also be pressed using a steam iron with good results. 

George Fabric George is a beautiful and unique fabric, which must be handled carefully to maintain its look. Because of the design of the fabric each garment made from it will have it’s own style. Cover George garments with a plastic bag to protect them from snagging and avoid displaying them in an area where they will be handled excessively. George must be dry-cleaned.

Kuba Cloth Fill a basin with cool water and a mild detergent. Place the fabric in the water and soak for a few minutes then swish in the water a few times. Any scrubbing must be very gentle and from the wrong side of the fabric. Rinse the fabric in cool water and pat with a clean towel or cloth to remove excess moisture. Lay flat to dry, you can use weights to block the fabric. If you need to iron the fabric use a pressing cloth and work from the wrong side. Do not use a hot iron and do not leave the iron in one place. Holding the iron a few inches away from the fabric using the steam feature can also steam the fabric.

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