Know more about your fabric before you care for it:
Cotton is an extremely light and airy fabric, also referred to as a natural fiber. The lightness of the fabric makes it breathable, one of the most skin-friendly fabrics, and provides utmost comfort when wearing it.
Follow the following tips to ensure the best care you can give to handwoven cotton to keep your garments looking their best, for years to come:
- Handwoven cotton dresses are delicate but can be washed by hand as well as a machine. We recommend monitoring the temperature, with a suitable temperature of 30° Celcius for washing. This will ensure that the shape and size of the dress remain the same, preventing potential shrinkage and distortion. Enjoy your dresses exactly the way they’re meant to be, with this habit.
- For delicate items like our cotton briefs, we suggest using a protective mesh bag. This helps prevent snagging or twisting the fabric from rigorous machine cycles.
- Please refrain from washing our handwoven cotton masks or scrunchies in the machine. These dainty items don’t do well with harsh washing machine cycles. Kindly hand-wash only for the best results.
- Got an unfortunate stain that you just can’t overlook? No worries! We suggest you simply use a small amount of stain remover on the area, gently dabbing and soaking it before a wash. However, cotton is sometimes sensitive to harsh chemicals. Kindly do a patch test on an inner seam to certify that the color and quality of the fabric aren’t affected.
- Like with any other garment, we recommend separately washing darker colored and naturally dyed pieces. Hand-washing them with cold water would be ideal, preventing any mishaps with color.
- A much as we love sunshine, clothes are sensitive. We suggest drying them by flipping them inside out under a shade. Please do not wring the garments before drying them. This causes server damage to the structure and quality of the fabric.
- Avoid using automatic dryers for cotton. The heat from the machine often causes problematic results in terms of distortion of size and shape. We always recommend drying outdoors, which is perfectly eco-friendly as well!
- Be gentle with your clothes! There’s no need to harshly scrub while hand-washing, the entire point of hand-washing is to be kinder and gentler than the machine.
- Do not use bleach.
Naturally dyed Fabrics
We use azo-free and natural dyes. Following the path towards a sustainable future, Crow uses dyes like Indigo to obtain beautiful colors while also being environmentally friendly. Being entirely natural, dresses with dyes need some extra care.
We’re delighted to know that you care for the environment through chemical-free dyes. Here is some advice on caring for your naturally dyed clothes.
- Like with any other garment, we recommend separately washing darker colored and naturally dyed pieces. Hand-washing them with cold water and a pH-neutral soap would be ideal, preventing any mishaps with color.
- As much as we love sunshine, clothes are sensitive. We suggest drying them by flipping them inside out under a shade. Please do not wring the garments before drying them. This causes severe damage to the structure and quality of the fabric. Avoiding machine drying will also save energy and electricity, helping you live a more eco-friendly life.
- Avoid drying dyed fabrics in direct sunlight. Just as the harsh rays of the sun are unkind to human skin, they have a similar effect on dyed fabric. It often causes excessive color fading, leaving your clothes a lighter shade. Instead, dry them under shade.
- However, color fading is not entirely avoidable. Being natural dyes, they are slightly sensitive to water, similar to any natural substance. Thus, slight bleeding of color may occur while washing, and a gradual fade may be noticeable over time. However, we believe this adds to the charm of a naturally dyed fabric, aging with grace and beauty.
- We provide Crow muslin bags with your naturally dyed orders. Enjoy the free bag and store your garments in it, preserving them for a longer time. Muslin is a fabric that has qualities of protection from the sun, preventing fading in the long run.
Handwoven Merino Wool
Merino wool is one of the highest qualities of wool, naturally obtained from the fleece of a sheep. The fabric is derived carefully and with no harm to the animal, resulting in thick and soft yarn. It is a great natural protector from harsh weathers like wind, keeping you toasty and warm during bleak winters, and has a water-resistant quality that protects from the rain too! The special part about Merino Wool is its durability and adaptability towards different seasons. While it’s great for winters, it also has tiny fiber coils that invertedly form minute air openings, making the fabric breathable for summers as well.
High-quality Merino Wool deserves high-quality care too. Here’s a guide on how to wash and care to Handwoven Merino wool:
- Wool is a natural protectant from dust and dirt. This means you don’t have to wash it after every wear, and can simply be hung for freshness and ventilation. Over-washing will decrease its quality.
- Wool is a delicate fabric, even though it may look tough. We recommend investing in a specialist detergent dedicated to wool and washing it at 30° Celcius with a low-spin setting for optimal results.
- To remove excess water after washing, practice squeezing the fabric gently instead of violent wringing to keep its shape and silhouette intact.
- To dry Merino Wool, we suggest using a flat drying rack. This prevents overhanging that could possibly stretch wool and cause it to lose its shape. If you’re worried about water dripping, place a towel underneath to secure and absorb it.
- Any type of Wool often comes with pilling as a natural result of friction and wear. This has a simple solution - a pilling comb or fabric shaver used gently over the fabric to get rid of those little broken fibers.