Caring for your Silk

Silk is more durable than you might think and by caring for your silk properly it should bring years of enjoyment. The Lady of the Lake's silks are made to be used--which means they are also meant to be washed and ironed. The dye is steam set for colorfastness and then rinsed with a special detergent meant to minimize the colors bleeding onto each other when wet.

 

When it's time to wash your silk, put just a few inches of cold water in a basin or sink (note: the warmer the water, the more likely the silk is to shrink and bleed).  Swish the silk briefly (10-15 seconds will usually do).   If your silk is particularly soiled, a few drops of mild detergent will help remove oils and odors the along with the residue left from dryer sheets, will damage your silk.  

silk may have collected.

 

Rinse your silk under cold running water or in a basin of fresh water.  After rinsing, wring or blot the silk, allow it to air dry, and then carefully iron with a steam iron. All of Basinah's silk is 100% natural so you can turn your iron much higher than its "silk" setting (that's really for synthetic silk).

 

Never put your silk in a dryer; the heat,

 

Dyeing silk is a highly variable process and the age and concentration of the dye, the amount of time in the steamer, and the amount of time in the rinse will all influence the final product. The colors on Basinah's silks should remain strong, however, and bleeding should be minimal.