Whether it’s a Banarasi variety or the six yard wonder in chanderi or tissue, saris need to be kept well to be preserved for years altogether, say experts. Vineet Chhajer, Director, Vineet’s Sarees, suggests: 1. For koras, organzas and chanderis: They should be rolled around tall wooden sticks wrapped in mulmul and stored flat beneath a stack of heavy saris. From time to time, refold them to avoid tears appearing along the creases. Never hang your koras and organzas in hangers for a long time.2. For tissue saris: It is always advisable to get your expensive tissue saris washed from Banarasi karigars. A normal dry cleaning can put crinkles in your tissues, whereas they wash them on long tables. 3. Chiffon saris: They need more care than most other sarees. Whether or not to roller dry (charak) chiffons/georgettes depends on the individual’s taste. A hard roller-ironing removes the natural crinkle in expensive diamond chiffons. But often ordinary chiffons have no crinkles, so roller-ironing is a must to provide an artificial crinkle. It is always advisable not to put sari pins with your saris, especially with chiffons. They shouldn’t be worn tightly as the cloth is very delicate. Don’t hang chiffons and georgettes with heavy embroidery or borders as with time, the weight of the work itself could tear the sari. 4. Cotton sari: This variety can be washed at home or at a laundry depending on how much you have paid for them, how often you wear them and how passionately you feel attached to them. It is advisable to get your fancy cottons or cottons with zari dry cleaned. Colours like turquoise blue, shocking pink and black almost and always bleed and require special precautions when washed at home. Starch often kills a cotton sari’s longevity, but then the beauty of a cotton sari lies in its crisp look.
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