Pure Silk, Pure Delight: Step by Step Hand-Washing

These exquisite Katherine Kelly Lang garments are all hand-beaded, pure silk kaftans. Although some believe these luxurious garments must be dry cleaned–it’s absolutely not true! Here are step-by-step suggestions on cleaning your beautiful silk kaftans.

Tutorial: Hand-washing your beautiful pure silk kaftan

Silk is 100 percent natural, and is entirely washable. These silk kaftans can be hand-washed in cool water. Use a mild soap (not detergent!) Woolite liquid or Ivory soap flakes work well. Soak your silk kaftan for about 5 minutes in the soap and water. If there are any stains on your kaftan, rub the area very gently so as not to damage the silk. Be careful handling the delicate, hand-made beading on your kaftan, too.

You may want to rinse your silk kaftan twice. For the first rinse, particularly if there were any stains on the kaftan, try rinsing in a clean bathtub: fill 1/3 of the tub with cool water, and add 1/4 cup of vinegar to restore the shine of the fabric and help remove all the soap. This is a quick rinse, no more than 4-5 minutes. Then, drain the water, and refill the tub with cool water alone–no vinegar. Rinse for 5 minutes or as needed.

Finally, remove your silk kaftan from the tub and lay it out on a clean terry towel. Roll up the towel so that the kaftan is inside; the towel absorbs the water. Some people even find that putting the rolled-up towel in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for 30 minutes helps the drying process. Or, you can simply unroll the towel and dry your kaftan flat on a towel–away from sunlight.

Hand-washing your pure silk kaftan

When it is almost dry and still a bit damp, you may gently turn the kaftan inside out and put the iron on a silk or low setting. Place a white towel beneath the silk kaftan, and another white towel on top. Iron the towel; do not iron on the delicate silk. Also, be sure the iron is not emitting steam, which can damage the silk. Be very careful not to iron the beading on the kaftan. If you feel more comfortable not ironing the kaftan, you can experiment: when the garment is almost dry, hang it gently on a luxurious white silk-covered clothes hanger.

You will find this process easy and quick once you have done it a few times! Soon, you will be an expert at caring for your stunning Katherine Kelly Lang kaftan.