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Bengali cotton sarees are the light weighted and elegant fabric. It is made from high-quality cotton making them ideal for warm and humid weather. The versatility and timeless beauty of these traditional cotton sarees have made them a popular choice among ladies of all ages. One such gorgeous fabric from the Bengali cotton saree collection is a beautiful Dhakai Jamdani saree.
Jamdani sarees are a traditional handwoven fabric that originated in the Eastern region of undivided India, aka present-day Bangladesh and West Bengal. Weavers from Dhaka, in particular, are pioneers in the Jamdani art, earning it the name Dhakai Jamdani. These sarees are made from the finest muslin fabric. These sarees are embellished with floral paisley and geometric patterns that are often considered to be works of art.
The art of weaving Jamdani sarees dates back to several centuries that has been passed down from generation to generation. A soft dhakai jamdani saree is the perfect attire to be worn on special occasions or festivals.
It is a magnificent piece of work which is elegantly patterned. A saree like that is an asset to be treasured, an heirloom to be passed on to your daughters.
There can be no greater tragedy than a jamdani saree falling prey to incorrect use. We made a list of five tips that can help you take better care of your jamdani saree.
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1. Fold and Unfold Your Sarees
Sarees that have zari work should be folded such that the zari is facing outwards. If the zari is folded face down, it fades and loses its shine. Another tip is to refold your saree every couple of months to prevent the formation of creases. If you let your saree in the same fold for years, it may rip apart at the edges of the fold.
Repeating the folding and refolding process can help you to preserve the sheen and lustrous shine of your gorgeous Jamdani saree. This is a very simple way to take care of your Jamdani saree and keep them looking as beautiful as the day you bought them.
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2. Store it Well
Storing your Jamdani sarees properly is one of the most important steps in preserving their beauty and colors.
Jamdani sarees should be stored in cool, dark places without interference from sunlight. Since the dye is sensitive to light, keeping it in a dark almirah will ensure that the saree preserves its colors for many years to come. When storing your luxurious sarees you must remember to fold them neatly taking care not to wrinkle the fabric. Take care not to store jamdani with silk, zardozi, or studded garments. Also, never keep the saree in plastic bags since the two react and may darken the colors in the saree. Consider using a breathable cotton storage bag to keep the saree in proper condition.
3. Air Your Saree
Store your saree well, but not well. We mean that every once in a while, you will need to air your saree. Jamdani sarees are made from the finest cotton fabrics which can become musty if stored for a long period. Hence, it is very important to bring it out and let the fabric breathe. This keeps your saree fresh for longer, and you get to avoid that damp-like smell that clings to clothes kept in the almirah for too long. Airing your Jamdani Saree regularly will help you to maintain its freshness and prevent the attack of mold and mildew.
4. Dry Wash the Jamdani Saree
These sarees should always be dry-washed. Hand-washing can displace the threads and patterns, ultimately ruining your saree. When dry-washed with proper aftercare, a jamdani saree will hold on to its colors, patterns, shine, and overall quality for a long time.
When you iron the saree, place it between two sheets of white fabric. Make sure the saree is completely dry before you iron it. Use an ironing board to lay the cloth flat.
Dry-washing your Jamdani saree can help you to maintain its beauty without damaging the delicate fabric and its designs. Avoid dry cleaning too often, instead of that opt for periodic cleaning to maintain the beauty and luxurious shine of this timeless saree.
5. Remove Food Stains
Be careful not to spill food or drinks on the saree. The jamdani fabric is sensitive, and a stain is likely to ruin the plushness of the saree. Thankfully, there are a couple of methods you can try to retrieve the fabric.
The best hack is to soak the stained area in water and apply a liberal layer of toothpaste on the stain (both sides). Let it be for 2-3 minutes before you gently rinse off the toothpaste. Repeat the process until the stain is completely gone. If it doesn’t seem to work, try using toothpaste with bleaching properties.
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We hope that these grandma-approved hacks will help you to keep your saree in pristine condition for years to come. With proper care, a Jamdani saree can become a cherished family heirloom. Whether you wear it at weddings or on simple occasions this timeless piece of clothing is always going to make a fashion statement.
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