Traditionally, during a Navratri celebration, women have a large variety of ethnic outfits to choose from. Out of these, the most preferred and commonly worn is the Ghagra choli (also known as the lehenga choli). In Navratri festival, we wear different types of fabric materials clothes. So here explained how to care for traditional wear fabric used in Navratri festival.

Organza, chiffon, satin, raw silk, tulle, net and georgette are all slight fabrics and it is preferable to have fashionable outfits made out of these materials, dry cleaned. Cotton and velvet are tougher than the fabrics mentioned above and can be taken care of at home if one follows the care label guidelines strictly.

However, having your exclusive garments dry cleaned is the option most people choose for a reason a professional service makes sure to maintain the integrity of your outfit while taking care of stain management effectively.

1. Garment Care for Zari:

After every 6 months take your zari sarees out of storage and let them stay in sunlight for a couple of hours. Store your sarees back properly once done. This helps maintain the original color and shine of the outfit. While in storage, clothes are liable to fungus as well as a stuffy odor. This little exercise helps prevent this. Also remember to refold the saree in a different manner while storing it again. This prevents breakage and damage to the zari.

2. Garment Care for Silk:

Hanging your silk sarees on metal hangers are a big no-no. It is best to store these sarees or outfits in a cool, dry place where they are folded and covered in a cotton cloth. This is particularly important for silk saree. Silica gel may be used to avoid humidity and prevent fungal growth on your sarees. To regain the lost shine of a silk dress, wash in one-fourth cup distilled white vinegar mixed in one-gallon water. Make sure you rinse off the vinegar well, so as to not damage the fabric.

3. Garment Care for Heavily Embroidered Outfits:

Avoid hanging these kinds of garments on hangers as it may cause the embroidery to stretch and the fabric to tear. Also, make sure to fold them with the work side inside to prevent any tear or snag.

4. Garment Care for Organza:

Organza is further divided into two kinds of fabrics - Synthetic and Silk. Synthetic cloth is sturdier than silk cloth and one will follow the easy care label directions to get it cleaned. It is possible to iron it at home as well using the lowest temperature of your iron settings. Silk organza should preferably be hand washed. Fill with cool water and add a gentle clothing detergent to that. Soak your garment in the tub and swish it around gently to get rid of stains. Drain the water from the rub and run your garment under cool water until you get rid of all the soap suds. Spread out a clean, dry towel and place your garment on it. Now gently roll the garment into a burrito, press down and unroll. Repeat this step with another dry towel. Let it air-dry. Once completely dry you may get rid of wrinkles by ironing it at the lowest temperature. These steps may be applicable to a dupatta or simply a section of your outfit as your whole garment may not be made of organza.

5. Garment Care for Tulle:

If you have minor stains, then it is advisable to stick to spot cleaning. Use a mild stain remover for tulle. You can even make your own mild stain remover with 1 tablespoon of baking soda, four tablespoons of mild dish soap, and eight tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide. Combine the ingredients, pour into a jar, and allow it to be seated whole night. Directly apply it to the stain and gently rub the stain with your fingers using cold water. Avoid using a sponge or a brush. Rinse with cool water once done. If you wish to clean the entirety of the tulle, then place the fabric between two towels and submerge the towel sandwich in a basin of cold water that has mild detergent added to it. This prevents the tulle from being damaged. Soak for twenty minutes or less, rinse with cold water and let the tulle air dry.

6. Garment Care for Georgette:

Georgette is sturdier than tulle but it is preferable to hand wash it. Fill it with cool water and add a light detergent to that. Let it soak for a while. Swish around the material gently, remove it from the water and squeeze it. Avoid wringing or stretching the fabric as it causes it to stretch. Rinse with cool water and squeeze again. Let it air dry by placing it flat on a dry rack. The steps mentioned here are suitable for chiffon as well.

7. Garment Care for Velvet:

Before hand washing velvet, turn the item inside out so that you're handling the flat side. Use a small amount not more than a teaspoon of liquid detergent designed for gentle with casual water. Press soapy water through, then rinse thoroughly. Hang or lay flat to dry. When machine laundry velvet, wash the garment alone or with a light load to prevent too much agitation. Use cool or cold water settings. Remove promptly once cycle has finished. Hang or lay flat to dry.

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