Craft Care Instructions
Worried how to take care of your hand-crafted products to make them last a lifetime? Look no further as we have got you covered.
All of Khamir's products are handcrafted using the finest natural fibres. The subtle variations in colour, texture and finish are a testimony to the human involvement in the process. Creating each product is a lengthy process rooted in the crafts-based traditions of hand spinning, dyeing, weaving, hand-block printing of Kutch. We use natural and vegetable dyeing techniques that are passed on to artisans through the indigenous knowledge systems.
Fabric Care For Handwoven Kala Cotton
During the dyeing and printing processes, the yarn and then the fabric is repeatedly washed. This helps to ensure full dye penetration, removes any residual surface dye and also reduces shrinkage in the final tailored product. Depending on how you care for the product, additional shrinkage ranges from 5-7% for printed fabrics and 7-10% for woven products.
Please refer to the specific care instructions on the garment. Because cotton is so strong when wet, caring for cotton is very simple and the more you wash it, the softer and more absorbent it becomes. The following tips will help you extend the life of the product.
Machine wash cold on gentle cycle, or at best, hand wash with cold water.
Wash items with like colors and turn your clothes inside out, especially dark colors.
Some colours may require to be washed separately the first few times.
Keep your zippers and hooks closed to avoid snagging other items in the wash.
If you choose to use bleach, use non-chlorine bleach which is less harsh on your fabrics and on the environment.
Tumble dry low heat. Remove items promptly from dryer, preferably when still damp.
Dry them in shade.
Please note that slight colour bleeding or rubbing may occur due to the traditional dyeing process involved
Fabric Care For Handwoven Silk
Fabric Care For Handwoven Desi Wool
Woollens resist odour, stain and wrinkles, repel water, block harmful UV rays, insulate, and breathe. Organic wool has temperature regulating properties. Wool has moisture-wicking properties that make you feel cool in summer. All these make wool a great choice.This eco-friendly fibre sequesters carbon from the earth. Most wool which Khamir uses is indigenous to India and the fibres are handspun which creates a beautiful, textural character. Handspun wool varies in thickness which causes the dye to penetrate the yarn at different rates. The the subtle variations in texture, colour and weave of handspun and handwoven wool fabrics is easily identifiable. Even those who don’t know why it is different will recognize there is something special and unique about this fabric.
Wool fibres are covered with tiny scales which causes felting and shrinkage when wet. To avoid felting and shrinkage, wool must be very carefully cleaned.
Please refer to the specific care instructions on the garment.
- We recommend Dry Clean or wash with mild detergent, flat dry.
- If you choose to hand wash your wool, avoid agitation which causes the scales on the fibres to interlock and felt. Wool is very elastic, so avoid stretching the fabric when wet.
- If you dry clean, do not store item in plastic bag because wool needs to breathe
- Store in a dry place with moth repellents like neem leaves, cloves, pepper, Lavender or camphor. Put out in the sun at least once a year. Product feel will improve with washes.
Wool is the most crease resistant of all natural fibres. If you need to remove any wrinkles, you can press the item with a damp cloth and use a steam iron.
Care for Handcrafted Reha Knives
These handcrafted Reha Knives should be treated with care, as they are Reha artisans' labour of love. They say that a bit of prevention is better than cure. Here’s what you need to know to make your knives last a lifetime.
- Wash the knives with hands, as soon as you finish using them.
- To clean, hand wash knives with non-abrasive gentle detergent, rinse well and dry. Clean handles with damp cloth and buff with soft dry cloth.
- Hang them in a block, avoid putting them in drawers to prevent clashing among the knives
- Use a cutting board at all times
- Hone and sharpen them regularly
Care for Handcrafted Wooden Products
- Wood ages as gracefully as wine. Just rub the product with coconut, sunflower or olive oil to show a little care.
- Hand wash the product after use with non-abrasive gentle detergent and wipe it with a dry cloth.
- The wood comes with a coat of food-safe varnish that keeps scratches away. It may end up with marks overtime, but that’s just wood ageing.