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How to Care For your Fair Trade Textiles

How to Care For your Fair Trade Textiles

So you've purchased a beautiful textile - but how do you take care of it so it stays in pristine condition for years to come? Not to worry! This simple guide will give you the basic instructions on how to best preserve all your fabrics and textiles, whether its a dress, a cloth napkin, a table runner, or otherwise.

 

Generally, there are a few guidelines that apply to most textiles of similar fabrics. 

  • Cottons, rayons, and acrylics can be machine washed, with a low/medium dry - hot or warm water is fine for whites but cold water is better for colors
  • Silks and other delicate fabrics should be hand washed
  • Tie dye fabrics (and other bright colored fabrics like batik/blockprints, kitenge, and kantha sari) should be washed separately or with similar colors on cold and hung to dry 
  • Linens should be washed on cold and line dry; turn inside out and steam/iron to avoid creases
  • Felt items can be washed cold but MUST BE AIR DRIED
  • Wool items don't need washed as often but should be washed on a delicate or wool cycle and left to air dry 

 

While many items can be dried, washing with cold water and line drying or laying flat to dry are the most eco-friendly options as they use the least energy. 

 

Many textiles, especially garments, will have wash instructions on the label. Here's a helpful infographic from the American Cleaning Institute on how to understand the symbols you might see.

Fabric Care Symbols courtesy of American Cleaning Institute

 

We've broken down our textiles by type (scarves, socks, dresses, tops, bottoms, robes, aprons, blankets, misc) and by our most popular brands if you're  looking for specific wash instructions on an item you've purchased. An example of each item is linked as well for easy reference of what this textile might look like. 

 

SCARVES

 

MINGA IMPORTS 

(ACRYLIC)

Hand wash in warm water.

Plaid Flat Acrylic Scarf

 

BATIK

(100% RAYON)

Machine wash and dry.

Bright Yellow Batik Scarf

 

WORLD FINDS SILK

(100% SILK)

Hand wash in cold water and hang dry.

Sari Chic Silk Neckerchief

 

MARQUET

(50% SILK & 50% COTTON)

Hand wash in cold water and hang dry.

Red Binh Minh Silk and Cotton Shawl

 

TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES

(50% SILK & 50% LINEN)

Hand wash in cold water and hang dry.

Delightful Days Silk/Linen Scarf

 

SERRV BATIK

(100% ORGANZA SILK)

Hand wash in cold water and hang dry.

Serrv Silk Leaf Batik Scarf

SOCKS

 

CONSCIOUS STEP SOCKS 

(75.8% ORGANIC COTTON / 23% POLYAMIDE / 2% SPANDEX)

Machine wash warm, low dry. Do not iron.

Socks that Protect Australian Animals Gift Box

 

MAGGIES ORGANICS KNEE HIGHS

(75.8% ORGANIC COTTON / 22.2% NYLON / 2% SPANDEX)

Machine wash warm, medium dry. 

Shine On Eggplant Knee High Socks

 

MAGGIES ORGANICS CREW SOCKS

(60% ORGANIC MERINO WOOL / 38% NYLON / 2% SPANDEX)

Machine wash warm, low dry.

Green Urban Hiker Crew Socks

 

MAGGIES ORGANICS FOOTIE SOCKS

(81.6% ORGANIC COTTON/16.4% NYLON/2% SPANDEX)

Machine wash cold with like colors, line dry.

Greige Mushroom Footie Socks 

 

 

DRESSES & ROMPERS

 

GLOBAL MAMAS BATIK PRINTS

(100% ORGANIC COTTON)

Machine wash cold with like colors, line dry.

Oaklynn Batik Marble Black Organic Cotton Dress

 

MATA TRADERS COTTONS

(95% ORGANIC COTTON / 5% SPANDEX; 50% COTTON / 50% LINEN BLENDS)

Machine wash cold with like colors, line dry.

Elise Sheath Dress Blue Dots

Darjeeling Pocket Dress Amber Linen

 

MAGGIES ORGANICS RAGLANS

(96% ORGANIC COTTON SOFT RIB  / 4% SPANDEX)

Machine wash warm, tumble dry low.

Raglan Rib Dress 

 

UNIQUE BATIK THAI DYES

(100% RAYON)

Wash separately in cold water, hang to dry.

Rosie Thai Dye Rayon Dress 

 

TOPS

 

FAIR ANITA TEES

(100% ORGANIC COTTON)

Machine wash warm, low dry.

Planting Seeds Women's Tee

 

MAGGIES ORGANIC TANKS

(95% ORGANIC COTTON / 5% SPANDEX)

Machine wash warm, tumble dry low.

Organic Cotton Spring Tank in Sable

 

MAGGIES ORGANIC SWEATERS

(60% ORGANIC COTTON / 40% MODAL)

Machine wash cold, gentle cycle, lay flat to dry. 

Organic Cotton Circle Sweater

 

GLOBAL GIFTS GEAR

(80% COTTON / 20% POLYESTER)

Machine wash cold, tumble dry low.

Global Gifts Unisex Crew Sweatshirt

 

GANESH HIMAL FLEECE JACKETS

(100% ACRYLIC FLEECE)

Machine wash & dry.

Fleece Jacket with Hood: Black

 

UNIQUE BATIK THAI DYES

(100% RAYON)

Wash separately in cold water, hang to dry. Colors may run in the first few washes.

Unique Batik Mojave Thai Dye Tunic 

 

PANTS & SKIRTS

 

MAGGIES ORGANIC LEGGINGS & SHORTS

(90% ORGANIC COTTON / 10% SPANDEX)

Machine wash warm, tumble dry low.

Blackout Organic Cotton Midcalf Leggings

MAGGIES ORGANIC FLEECE LEGGINGS

(97% ORGANIC COTTON FLEECED TERRRY / 3% SPANDEX)

Machine wash warm, tumble dry low or line dry.

Fleece Leggings

 

UNIQUE BATIK THAI DYE PANTS

(100% COTTON)

Machine wash separately. Colors may run in the first few washes.

Fleece Leggings

 

 

ROBES

 

TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES ROBES

(100% COTTON)

Cold wash, line dry, warm iron.

Rest & Relaxation Cotton Bathrobe

 

(RECYCLED SILK)

Kantha Stitch Sari Bathrobe

 

SERRV BLOCKPRINT KIMONOS

Handwash in cold water, line dry. 

Blue Starburst Cotton Blockprint Kimono

 

BLANKETS

 

MAGGIES ORGANICS THROWS

(100% ORGANIC COTTON)

Machine wash warm, tumble dry low. NO BLEACH.

Organic Cotton Mulberry Throw Blanket

 

SERRV RETHREAD BLANKETS

(60% COTTON / 40% MIX OF POLYESTER, VISCOSE & RAYON)

Machine washable and dryable.

Cotton Rethread Rainbow Throw Blanket

 

KANTHA PATCHWORK THROW

(RECYCLED COTTON SARIS)

Wash cold, separately. Line dry.

Kantha Patchwork Square Throw 56x56

 

MINGA IMPORTS WOVEN ACRYLIC THROW 

(ACRYLIC YARN)

Machine washable and dryable.

Woven Acrylic Throw 61" x 45

 

APRONS

 

GLOBAL MAMAS APRONS

(100% ORGANIC COTTON)

Machine wash cold with like colors, line dry. 

Reversible Silverware Apron

 

CREATION HIVE KITENGE APRONS

(100% COTTON)

Machine wash cold with like colors. Low dry or line dry. 

Kitenge Patchwork Apron

 

COTTON & FELT POTHOLDER

(WOOL INFUSED W/COTTON FABRIC)

Wash in cold water and lay flat to dry.

Cotton & Felt Floral Pot Holder

 

KANTHA COTTON SARI

(RECYCLED COTTON SARIS)

Machine wash cold, line dry.

Kantha Dish Towel