Fabric Care

Ventriloquist Court

CARE INSTRUCTIONS FOR NATURAL FABRICS AND BRASS

Linen fabric: Hand wash linen garments in cool to warm water using eco-friendly detergent or mild soap, and iron when damp using a low-heat setting to avoid burning the fabric.  Hang up the garment on a clothing rack when not being worn to prevent creasing.

Tea-dyed Cotton: No chemicals are used in the tea-dyeing process (only a natural potassium alum mordant). Hand washing the garment in cold water and line drying in partial shade away from the full sun will help protect the tea-dyed colour. Use eco-friendly detergent with non-optical brighteners. Use a hot iron setting, if desired.

Unbleached/Undyed Natural Cotton:  Hand wash unbleached cotton garments in softened cool water. Add 2 tbsp of washing soda to the wash bath (per 1 litre of wash bath) with clear/colourless eco-friendly detergent with non-optical brighteners or white castile soap, and add 1/2 cup of white vinegar for every 1 litre of rinse bath. The alternative to washing soda and white vinegar is to wash the unbleached cotton garment in demineralised water to safeguard against hard water staining. Line dry. For heavier garments, lay flat to dry. Use a warm/low-heat iron setting. Note that it is easy for unbleached cotton (as well as white and other light-coloured cotton) to get stained from using hard water, using an iron with rust on the soleplate, or improper long-term storage of the garment in a plastic bag or other acidic storage option.

Cotton velvet: Hand wash cotton velvet garments in cool or cold water using eco-friendly detergent or mild soaps, and line dry. Never iron the velvet, as this risks crushing the pile and damaging the fabric. Instead, use a hand steamer to get rid of any creases in the velvet, but please take care when handling the steamer.

Velveteen fabric: Hand wash garments made of velveteen in cold water using a mild detergent, and line dry. If ironing is desired, iron the velveteen face down using a hot iron setting. However, it is recommended that you first lay a clean towel onto your ironing board beforehand.

Cotton spandex: Hand wash cotton spandex garments in cold water and line dry. As with all garments made from stretch fabrics, fold away the garment in the cupboard (instead of hanging it up on the clothing rack) when not in use; this will prolong the garment’s shape retention. Use a warm iron setting.

Dark cotton: Turn the garment inside out. Use a colour-safe detergent, and give the garment a very gentle hand wash in cold water. It may help to add a teaspoon of salt to the wash. It is best to avoid rubbing the garment together to reduce abrasiveness. Line drying in partial shade away from the full sun will help keep the colour looking new. Use a warm iron.

Cotton Sateen: Hand wash the garment in warm water (cold water for dark colours), and line dry. Do not iron directly onto the garment. Ensure that there is a thin sheet of cotton fabric in-between the warm iron soleplate and the cotton sateen garment.

Artisanal Silk (Undyed in its natural state/colour): Gently hand wash the silk garment in cool water using light-coloured mild organic soap (white castile soap is recommended), and lay flat to dry. Remember to avoid rubbing the silk fabric together during wash. Use a warm iron setting for silk fabric. If a hot iron is desired, ensure that there is a thin piece of cloth between the iron and the silk.

Hand-dyed artisanal silk: As pure silk has very modest colour retention capabilities compared to polyester, it is recommended that garments made from dyed silk be gently hand washed separately from other clothing especially those of a different colour. Use mild organic soap such as castile soap with cool water. Lay the garment flat to dry and use a warm iron setting (or as above).

Brass Charms & Brooches: The brass charms and pieces used to make brooches pinned onto Ventriloquist Court®’s garments are finished with a professional lead-free oxidation process. The brass manufacturer recommends the following cleaning instructions: use a damp cloth only (no jewellery detergents, special cleaning cloths etc, as these will damage the surface of the brass).

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