Old School Hejabi
So, in a nutshell…here is the best way to care for a black crepe abaya (or…black/dark over garment)…the tips I'm sharing were gleaned from Saudi friends.First…ONLY hand wash your abaya! If you must machine wash…then do so on the delicate or hand wash cycle…but try to only hand-wash if possible.Hand wash in a suitable detergent. I am a fan of Woolite dark care. Its pretty similar to Persil abaya shampoo. If thats not available…use regular woolite…OR if in a pinch, the gentlest shampoo you can find…like something for babies. Also…olive oil soap from Lebanon or Syria will work too, although it can leave a residue behind which will cause the fabric to look a bit dull after awhile.
Fill the sink with COLD or just warm water, add the detergent, add the abayaah/abayaat/tarha/niqabs gently swish around and leave to sit for 10minutes. This assists in gently getting dirt/stinky smells out. After 10 minutes or so, gently squish it around, gently rub the fabrics together to get any stubborn dirt out. No harsh washing.Rinse….I like to rinse first in running water then squeeze out in a sink full of cold water.Then hang to air dry. NEVER machine dry an abaya! The fabric will inevitably get wonky and if the abaya has silk/cotton cording…the cording will shrink and will need to be removed for the abaya to hang straight again. Machine drying will also ruin embroidery/decorations.
In warm weather I hang mine outside on a drying rack, in winter I hang on hangers near a radiator or in the kitchen.
Once totally dry I either hang-up in my closest and or if the crepe requires some ironing. I will gently iron it on polyester setting (inside out!), testing an inside seam first, Its VERY easy to scorch an abaya…depending on the crepe…so be VERY careful. Most crepes dont require ironing but some do…Internet and some grades of saloona comes to mind. Just do so carefully and on a low setting.In Saudi, abaya shops usually steam the abayaat with a special steaming machine…so when going into to pick up an abaya which was made or tailored for you, they pre-steam it and then fold it up.With these tips, your abayaat should last a lot longer, en’shallah.NOTE, if your abaya is very fancy with a lot of embroidery, handwork, beadwork or other designs, its best to ONLY Dry-Clean them. The handwash method is for plain abayaat or those with minimal or durable designs.
August 20, 2010
Tips on taking care of our black abaya
Assalamualaikum to all my dear abaya lovers.
I know, many of us are wondering how to maintain the gleaming black colour of our abaya material. I have been avoiding washing them by machine and opt to hand wash. So far, most are still maintain the colour however a few have turn a bit greyish especially the abayaat from Vietnam.
When I first came across an advert about Persil the abaya Shampoo, I was delighted. But it was only short term because that product is not available in Malaysia. I am considering in selling that shampoo but haven't told my partner yet about it. We need to discuss about it properly if we really want to open a new line of product in our business.
And I am still looking for useful tips on keeping the black of our black abayaat. Alhamdulillah, today a fellow blogger friend who lived in KSA for a while, blogged an tips to take care of the black abayaat. Thank you Umm Ibrahim, your tips are really useful.
I hope she won't mind me for quoting part of her post on this topic. Please read below.
Thanks a lot to Umm Ibrahim for this tips. I hope all of us can try her tips. Insyaallah our abaya will last longer like she said.
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