Fabric Care

Fabric Properties

All of Rentiyo’s products are handcrafted using the finest natural fibres. The subtle variations in colour, texture and finish are the signature of the human hand. Creating each product is a lengthy process rooted in the craft-based traditions of hand spinning, dying, weaving, own regional specialty and character. We use both vegetable dyes and commercial dyes with the goal of minimizing our impact on the environment while striving for the best colour properties. For our bleaching process we use only hydrogen peroxide which is totally biodegradable.

Fabric Care For Handwoven Cotton

Our hand spun and hand woven cotton fabric has the added value of allowing more air penetration and is therefore cooler, softer, more absorbent and breathes better than any highly uniform, compacted machine made cotton fabric. This added breathability means you will stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Hand woven cotton fabric also has a textural beauty and visible character which is not present in machine made fabric. Cotton is a very strong fibre, even when wet, so it holds up very well to repeated laundering. The dyes we use are natural and may change colour after a few regular washes.

Laundry

  • Hand wash with cold water.
  • Wash items with like colours and turn your clothes inside out, especially dark colours.
  • Some colours may require to be washed separately the first few times.
  • Keep your zippers and hooks closed to avoid snagging other items in the wash.
  • Avoid using bleach.
  • Air drying is advisable. Hang the garments for drying, preferably when still damp.

Shrinkage

During the dyeing and printing processes, the yarn and then the fabric is repeatedly washed. This helps to ensure full dye penetration, removes any residual surface dye and also reduces shrinkage in the final tailored product. Depending on how you care for the product, additional shrinkage ranges from 5-7% for printed fabrics and 7-10% for woven products.

Ironing

Press with a warm to hot iron while damp. If the item has dried, use a spray bottle to dampen the fabric.

Fabric Care For Handwoven Silk

Rentiyo uses several varieties of silk, such as tussar and matka, which are indigenous to India and processed and spun by hand without the use of harsh chemicals. For example, tussar silk is a wild silk characterized by an irregular yarn with thick and thin portions, creating a “slubby” or highly textured fabric. The lustre and sheen varies from type of silk as well as the texture and the softness of the handle. Overall, silk is the strongest natural fibre, has a beautiful drape and is naturally crease resistant. The drawback of silk is that it loses its strength when wet and therefore needs to be treated gently during laundering.

Laundry
Dry clean only.
Ironing
Use a steam iron or a warm iron if required.

Fabric Care For Handwoven Wool

Most of the wool which Rentiyo uses is from local sources and the fibres are hand spun which creates a beautiful soft, textural character. Hand spun wool varies in thickness which causes the dye to penetrate the yarn at different rates. This creates beautiful natural shading which machine processes have attempted to imitate. However, the subtle variations in texture, colour and weave of hand spun and hand woven wool fabrics is easily identifiable. Even those who don’t know why it is different will recognize there is something special and unique about this fabric.

Laundry
Dry clean only.
Once the garment is dry cleaned, do not store the item in a plastic bag because wool needs to breathe.
Ironing

Wool is the most crease resistant of all natural fibres. If you need to remove any wrinkles, you can press the item with a damp cloth and use a steam iron.

You can also try hanging the item in the steam from a hot shower.

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