How To Take Proper Care of Modern Filipiniana Clothing
How do you properly take care of modern Filipiniana wear?
- Washing: hand wash is best
- Drying: use a thick towel
- Pressing: fabric fresheners do wonders
- Storing: breathable cotton material instead of plastic
Taking care of luxury modern barongs for women does not take much money and effort. While there are lots of remedies to repair minor damage, you should still do your best to maintain the quality of the garment’s fabric and embellishments.
Before you start washing, drying, pressing and storing your modern Filipiniana clothing, here are some practical tips to ensure the maintenance of their quality and original state the next time you wear it.
Washing: Hand Wash is Best
While dry cleaning works for most fabrics like cotton, Jusi fabric, or raw silk organza, piña fabric may be subjected to some minor to major damage when cleaned this way. Common detergents and fabric conditioners are unsuited for Jusi and piña fabrics, especially if placed in the same vat together with coarser textures. Handwashing Filipiniana clothing is recommended to maintain its texture quality as well as the embellishments and embroideries.
Promptly eliminate stains to prevent them from being completely absorbed by the fabric. Soft toothbrushes and cotton balls can easily scrub the indelible stains with mild stain removers. If the stain is still visible, soak and wash the garment in lukewarm water with a few drops of non-concentrated, mild detergent. Slight scrubbing with a toothbrush will eliminate even the subtlest stains. Loosening the stain immediately will allow you to wipe it clean off the fabric.
If the stain is already absorbed by the clothing, extensive cleaning is required. In this manner, take the clothing to professional cleaners. They will know what to do.
For organza fabrics, it is important to note that hand or machine wash works better than dry cleaning. While organza is safe to be machine-washed, clothing with stiff butterfly sleeves is required to be hand washed to prevent them from being deformed. Jusi, on the other hand, should merely be hand washed to avoid the clothing being twisted.
Drying: Use a Thick Towel
Cotton, silk and similar garments are safe to machine dry. Jusi and piña fabrics, on the other hand, should not be machine dried as the friction and lack of humidity promote damage. Dry fabrics that are sensitive and have intricate embellishments with a thick bath towel without wringing it. Twisting the fabric will leave the garment in an irregular shape and disrupt its structure.
After most of the water is gone, complete the drying process of the garment by setting it flat on a drying net to prevent stretching the shoulder part or hanging it dry.
Pressing: Fabric Fresheners Do Wonders
Jusi and piña fabrics should not be pressed when dry. By freshening the fabric, the clothing’s quality is preserved. Conversely, since most Filipiniana clothing is hand-sewn, placing too much pressure on the seams of the garment may make it brittle, which could result in structural damage. To prevent any possible damage, turn the clothing upside down. But, be aware of embellishments so as not to run heat through it. Using steam when pressing works for cotton and similar fabric types, but using it on Jusi and piña fabrics will leave watermarks. The marks will be quite subtle but for the keen eye, it can become irksome.
Organza, on the other hand, can be ironed at low to medium heat while the garment is still damp. While Jusi and piña fabrics do not allow the use of steam, organzas permit it. When ironing over any embroidered or painted areas of clothing, make sure to use a press cloth over it. For the best results, use a steamer for clothing while the garment is hanging dry.
Storing: Breathable Cotton Material Instead of Plastic
Keep Filipiniana clothing in cotton cases instead of plastic. This way, the moisture does not get trapped inside with the garment, preventing mildew or mold build-up. Besides mold and mildew, Jusi & piña fabrics also attract moths because of their natural fibers.
To keep moths away, place cedar wood balls inside the storing case together with the garment. Yellow stains equally occur in clothing if stored in plastic. The logic behind this is that plastic materials are not breathable. For the most part, a canvas garment bag will prolong the life of the garment and maintain its quality.
Organza, chiffon, Jusi, shantung, cotton, and piña are the most commonly used fabrics to create modern Filipiniana clothing and barong for women. Be it natural or synthetic Filipiniana dresses, they should be taken care of according to the garment’s specifications.
Jusi and piña are considered luxury fabrics, but properly caring for them will not cost as much as buying a new one. Gentle washing, drying away from a heat source, and storing the clothing in something that provides air circulation is all luxury fabrics like organza, Jusi and piña really need to maintain their quality. Proper care in ironing, washing, pressing, drying and storing Filipiniana clothing will keep their pristine beauty and texture for years.
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