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FAQ's - Zabreca

How do I wash and care my Khadi fabric

  • Khadi fabrics are both hand spun and hand woven – Khadi fabrics have irregular texture in yarn as well as fabric making it very special. It has a very soft feel and texture, keeps you cool in summers and warm in winters.
  • Dry clean your Khadi fabric or wash in cold water with mild soap. Do not wring excess water out. Dry fabric in shade as sun may cause color fabric to fade. Wash dark colors separately and never use chemical bleach.
  • Hand woven – Hand woven fabrics have weaving irregularities, giving them a textural beauty and visible character. It has the added value of allowing more air penetration and is therefore cooler, softer, and more absorbent and breaths better. This added breathability means you will stay cooler in the summer. Care should be taken to avoid snagging and pulling of the threads, please wash in gentle cycle.

How do I wash and care my natural dyed fabric?

  • Natural dyed fabrics have slight color variations, which make them very unique. We recommend that care instructions be followed carefully to minimize color transfer and fading.
  • These fabric should be hand washed separately and dried away from direct heat and sunlight to prolong their life span. Naturally dyed textiles will age agreeably over time, but each shade will be beautiful.

How do I wash and care my hand printed fabric?

  • Hand printed fabrics will have slight color and pattern variations making the product different in the market. We recommend that care instructions be followed carefully to minimize color transfer and fading.
  • Many of these fabric would benefit from being hand washed separately and should always be dried away from direct heat and sunlight to prolong their life span.

How do I wash and care cotton fabric?

  • Caring for cotton is very simple and the more you wash it, the softer and more absorbent it becomes. The following tips will help you extend the life of the product.
  • Machine wash cold on gentle cycle as cotton may shrink a little.
  • Wash items with like colors and turn your clothes inside out, especially dark colors. Since all are hand dyed the items may need to be washed separately the first few times.
  • Tumble dry low heat. Remove items promptly from dryer preferably when still damp.
  • For ironing use warm to hot iron while damp. If the item has dried, use a spray bottle to dampen the fabric to achieve a crease free crisp look.

How do I wash and care linen fabric?

  • Linen is on of the most comfortable and durable fabric that is made from fibers of the flax plant. Taking care of linen is easy. Moreover, it grows softer and more lustrous with age.
  • Wash in lukewarm or cold, and preferably soft, water. Gentle washing machine cycle and mild soaps are best for linen.
  • Machine dry in cool temperatures and remove when still slightly damp as over drying can make linen stiff and crackly. When removed from the dryer linen items can be hanged on a hanger or dried flat on the ground to completely dry it out.
  • Ironing is not really a priority when it comes to linen items, unless they are really crushed. Still, if you prefer ironing, it would be a good idea to iron while the fabric is still damp. Otherwise, iron with steam at medium-to-hot.
  • Store your linens in a cool dry place; avoid plastic bags, cardboard boxes and cedar chests.

What are Natural dye?

Natural dyes are dyes or colorants derived from plants, invertebrates, or minerals. The majority of  natural dyes are vegetable dyes from plant sources—roots, berries, bark, leaves, and wood.

What are dye made of? what are the benefit of them?

Nature has always been a sourcing warehouse for pigments and dyes, we have merely forgotten its key. For thousands of years people used herbs, spices and fruit derived extracts not just for eco-friendly dying but also for their myriad health benefits.
    Haritaki/Harade:  Believed to be the oldest available vegetable dye, it is considered to be the king of medicines.
    Turmeric/Haldi: Used as a daily household spice in Indian kitchens, it alleviates infections, diabetes, urinary disorders, ulcers and more.
    Indigo plant: Traditionally grown as a rotational crop, indigo is a legume that replenishsspent soil (it fixes nitrogen).
    Madder roots: A climbing plant with small flowers and long freshly swollen roots, its extract is used to treat pain in female genital organs, diarrhoea associated with bleeding, skin diseases including leprosy, ulcers and other urinary diseases, and diabetes. It also acts as a natural moisturiser for the skin.
    Pomegranate: Pomegranate is one of the oldest fruits in cultivation and its rind has been used as a dye for millennia. You get yellow fawn using pomegranate without a mordant, and golden yellow with a mordant. Addition of iron gets you shades of green and grey, and even black.

What is Khadi means?

Khadi or khaddar is handspun, hand-woven natural fiber cloth mainly made out of cotton. The cloth is usually woven from cotton and may also include silk, or wool, which are all spun into yarn on a spinning wheel called a charkha.

Fabrics used by Zabreca?

At Zabreca we only use fabric which are derived from all natural source. Fabric use by Zabreca are cotton, rayon, linen, silk and wool. At Zabreca we try our best to not used fabric made from plastic or any hazardous material which have bad impact on environment and skin.

What is origin of natural fabric?

At Zabreca we believe to only use fabric which are from natural source and not artificially made. Fabric yarn is made from cotton, linen, silk and hemp.
  • Cotton is a soft, fluffy staple fiber that grows in a boll, or protective case, around the seeds of the cotton plants of the genus Gossypium in the mallow family Malvaceae. The fiberis almost pure cellulose.
  • Linen fabric is made from the cellulose fibersthat grow inside of the stalks of the flax plant, or Linumusitatissimum, one of the oldest cultivated plants in human history. Flax is an annual plant, which means it only lives for one growing season.
  • The protein fiber of silk is composed mainly of fibro in and is produced by certain insect larvae to form cocoons. The best-known silk is obtained from the cocoons of the larvae of the mulberry silkworm Bombyxmorireared in captivity (sericulture).
  • Hemp fabric is a sustainable textile made of fibres of a very high-yielding crop in the cannabis sativa plant family. Historically used for industrial purposes, like rope and sails, hemp is known as one of the most versatile and durable natural fibers

How long it takes to weave 1 khadi fabric?

Several rows of yarn are stretched out through the length of a house. This length is approximately 10 meters and will create 24 meters when woven. The yarn is then dyed with the initial base color. The yarn is stretched out on poles in the sun to dry. Sun is very important in this process. Once the yarn is completely died and dry. The yarn is placed on cones and on the loom. It takes 32 cones of yarn to make 24 meters. It takes 16 hours to spin 24 meters. The design process takes about 5 hours and the dying and drying process can take another 1-3 days for 24 meters. Once the loom has been spun, the 24 meters of fabric are ready!

How long does it take to block print and dye one fabric?

A cycle that runs from block printing (using various colours) to over-dyeing the entire fabric (using a single colour of choice) is a time-consuming process taking up to 14 to 21 days to complete.

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