Les Indiennes Fabrics
Les Indiennes textiles are block-printed on organic cotton using natural dyes. Small smudges and other imperfections are normal. The fabrics are made entirely by hand.
Newly printed fabrics require special care. The first few washings should be done by hand to avoid tinting the background fabric with the excess dye. Each wash releases dye into the water, especially with dark prints of indigo, olive, and madder red. One should avoid releasing too much dye at one time.
- Change the water as it becomes coloured.
- Avoid wringing or spinning.
- Drip-dry is recommended.
- Then a hot steam iron may be used.
After the fabric has been washed by hand several times, it can then be machine washed on a gentle cycle and tumble dried. Use cold water and a minimal amount of natural soap or detergent. Avoid detergents that contain enzymes, bleach, citric acid, or fabric softeners. Avoid detergents that are formulated for wool. Do not dry clean.
Before applying any treatment such as stain-proofing or fire retardants to our fabric, we recommend first testing the process on a small sample.
Because natural dyes will fade in sunlight, curtains made of our fabric should be lined.
All fabrics are (150 cm) wide and come in three weights:
- Regular weight – Organic cotton
- Bedding weight – Organic cotton
- Canvas – Suitable for upholstery