TAKING CARE OF YOUR KHADI CLOTH TEXTILES + GARMENTS
Care of naturally dyed Khadi is simple:
- Khadi is very low maintenance and needs less washing than other cloth. Modern lifestyle has ingrained some strange habits, such as "one wear/now wash". Washing clothes made from natural fibre repeatedly is unnecessary and there is definitely no need for this with Khadi and natural dye,
- Use a gentle washing soap that is as close as possible to a neutral pH (at Because of Nature we use soap berries that last for several uses and the ladies at The Happy Hands Project in India can source them easily.) Definitely don't use wool wash, bleach or soakers as harsh agents may soften the colour.
- Cold wash and dry in the shade. After wearing you can hang it out to air and if it is marked, just sponge off and leave it to dry.
RE-DYING YOUR TEXTILES + GARMENTS
With our textiles and garments we offer a FREE re-dye at some point in their life. To have your item re-dyed get in touch via email. We will need to know what colour you are considering and having assessed the existing colour we can advise you as to what options would be available. Once we reach an understanding you will post the garment to us and we will return your Khadi totally revamped. (The customer pays for the postage to us and we will foot the bill on the return journey). Communication is vital for a successful outcome and if when we receive your textile/garment we think other possibilities might be preferable we will be in touch. Read our blog post about our dye process.
COMPOSTING YOUR TEXTILES + GARMENTS
When your textiles/garment are ready to compost all you need to do is bury it in your garden (or a friend's garden if you live in an apartment). At Because of Nature we bury garments and cloth around the dye garden as research and have found that Khadi can take anywhere from 6 to 18 months to break down depending on the weight of the Khadi and the amount of wear to the garment. The buttons can take a little longer. Variables of the soil content such as clay, sand, iron and water content all impact on the outcomes. With this process patience is your friend and know your garment will completely return to earth.