Spiders also spin their webs with such dexterity, while the silken parlour attracts flies and insects. We greater animals get enamoured by the invertebrate animals like the silk moths or worms. The silk is ‘fibroin’, a protein that is produced from special silk glands of silk moths through spinnerets, just under the mouth, a liquid oozes out which solidifies in air to form twin filaments of silk glue together with a secretion of sericin. In three days, 1,300 metres of silk can be produced. After some more processes do we get the cultivated silk. Silk has been with us for the past five thousand or more years! Silk is a soft, fine fabric, which needs special care, if we do not want to lose the lustrous quality of the silk. A lot of care has to be taken to keep your Silk Saree in perfect condition!
Silk Sarees of India
Each state in India has a handwoven wonder which it is known for. Jammu Kashmir has its silk and chinon sarees. Uttar Pradesh has its Benarasi silk saree, the tanchoi, the jamdani while Jharkhand has its Bhagalpuri, South has Kanjeevarams, Kanchipuram, Arni, Salem, the Paithani and the Uppada. The list is still incomplete. But all these sarees need a lot of care and should be kept well, as some cost a lot and some are kept as heirlooms!
Tips to preserve silk sarees
The expensive sarees, especially silk needs a lot of care, since it is a delicate fabric. It demands care and pampering like anything you love and like. It deserves your attention and here is some ways you can look after your silk saree:
- The pure silk saree should be dry washed or washed with a special soft detergent for silk.
- The sarees that run should be washed separately. So that the expensive saree is kept safe from colour bleeds.
- The best way to keep your sarees, is to pack them away for the summer. The box should be dry, else your saree will get fungus on them. Pack the sarees in undyed cotton cloth or get saree bags for them.
- You can put dry flowers in it, for the smell. Dry red chillies also keep away insects. You can also put dry neem leaves in it. It works as the disinfectant.
- Newspaper ink also drives the insects away! So does putting the sarees in the bright sunlight.
- Put a bulb in your wardrobe to get rid of moisture. Moisture can dampen and destroy your expensive saree.
- You can add freshness in the box. Keep the box in a place where it is not moved often.
- Silk sarees should be hung on hangers. Change the fold often of the sarees, so that the folds do not crack if you are storing them.
- Do not open the saree box, during the monsoon. If you have, then you must air them in the summer.
- Dry clean your sarees before packing them in. The sarees should be clean, do not pack unclean sarees.
- The zari should be packed in paper otherwise, it might oxidize.
- Keep your whites in blue sheets, it will remain white for long. Anything you pack should be super dry.
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