Fabric Care

How to Care for Your New Fabrics

So they'll stay beautiful longer...

South and Central American Handwoven Fabrics

Guatemalan Fabric–

Guatemalan fabric is 100% cotton, but as it is hand dyed and handmade washing instructions should be followed to maintain the vivid colors:

**For the first washing, hand wash or soak fabric in a combination of water and a small amount of non-iodized salt (kosher is okay) to set the colors.
**After setting the colors the fabric may be machine washed in cold water using a mild soap.
**Line-dry.
**Expect fabric to shrink approx 1″ in width and length per yard.

 

Peruvian Bayeta Inka Fabric–

 These fabrics are a blend of cotton, wool, and acrylic.  

Dry cleaning is the best method for the long-term care of these fabrics. Please be aware that WARM water and/or heat from a dryer will cause excessive shrinkage. 

 

Ecudorian Otavalo Fabric–

These fabrics are a mix of cotton and acrylic fibers.

You may them wash in cold or warm water, gentle cycle. Line dry.

 

South African Shweshwe Fabrics

100 % Cotton

Average Shrinkage: warp -9.5%, weft -0.7%

Standard Care Suggestions to preserve the beauty of your fabrics:

Wash separately
Hot water wash (first wash must be hot to remove starch)
Do not use bleach
Line Dry or Machine Dry
Do not dry clean
Warm iron

Shweshwe prints are traditionally coated in starch to preserve them for long sea voyages. The prewash stiffness and starch smell will disappear after washing. When doing your prewash, you may want to pink the edges of your fabric to avoid fraying.

Australian Aboriginal Print Fabrics

100% Cotton

Machine washable and dry-able. Wash with like colors. Darker colors may run.

As with all cotton fabrics there will be a small amount of shrinkage so pre-washing is recommended before any sewing project.

African Wax Prints, Kente Prints, and other African Prints

100 % Cotton or Cotton/Poly Blends

Machine washable and dry-able. Wash with like colors. Darker colors may run.

As with all cotton fabrics there will be a small amount of shrinkage so pre-washing is recommended before any sewing project.

Indonesian and African Batiks and Tie Dyes

100 % Cotton

Machine washable and dry-able. Wash with like colors. 

These fabrics are hand dyed and use super saturated dyes so they may run for several washes.

As with all cotton fabrics there will be a small amount of shrinkage so pre-washing is recommended before any sewing project.

Indian Block Prints

100 % Cotton

Handwash separately. No chlorine bleach. Line dry.

As with all cotton fabrics there will be a small amount of shrinkage so pre-washing is recommended before any sewing project.

Other Cotton Prints

100% Cotton–Quilt Quality Fabrics

Machine wash cold. No chlorine bleach. Tumble dry. 

As with all cotton fabrics there will be a small amount of shrinkage so pre-washing is recommended before any sewing project.