At Wildflower, we use the finest natural fabrics to create breathable yet resilient clothing for you. All of our clothes are either handwoven or hand block printed cottons. The subtle variations in colour, texture and finish are the signature of the human hand.
Here a few tips that will help you maintain & even extend the life of all your hand block printed / hand woven cotton garments:
- Sort your garments colour wise & wash them separately. Never wash your whites with coloured clothes.
- Take special care of naturally dyes clothes as they characteristically tend to bleed in the first 2-3 washes. Always wash them in isolation.
- Fill a bucket with cold water. Add a table spoon of a mild detergent ( preferably plant based or chemical free) & mix it in water. Place your garment into the detergent water & gently swirl it around a few times. Do not use a soap, bleach or a brush as the harshness will lead to colour fading.
- Drain & fill the bucket with clean cold water. Rinse your garment by swishing it around once more & then gently press it to remove excess water. Remember not to soak or wring the garment. Turn the garment inside out & hang it to air dry in shade. Drying the clothes in direct sun light leads to colour fading. Only use rust proof laundry clips ( plastic/ wooden) to avoid yellow spots.
- If the stain is fresh, run your item under the cold tap through the back of the stain for 3-5 minutes, and then rub the stain gently every minute or so. If the stain persists, repeat those actions 2 to 3 times.
- To remove older stains, rub in a small amount of mild liquid detergent while the surface is still moist, and then leave it to set for 5-7 minutes. After, gently rub the stain between your fingers again to help loosen it, and rinse thoroughly with cold water.
- Do not use washing machine for hand block printed or naturally dyed clothes as it may lead to colour spill, fading & possible shrinkage.
- Although, handwoven cottons can be machine washed in cold water in gentle cycle.We recommend washing the fabric at 30° C.
- Air drying without exposure to direct sun is the best way to dry cotton garments. Make sure to flip them inside out when drying.
- We do not recommend using dryers for cotton clothes as the heat from the tumble causes pieces to lose their size and shape, leading to shrinkage.
- Always iron inside out.
- Press with a warm to hot iron while damp. If the item has dried, use a spray bottle to dampen the fabric.