Artist: Marie Josette Orsto
The tiwi wear armband during ceremony. My dad Declan Apuatimi taught me how to make this as a young girl. We make them out of bark and pandanas. We decorate them with red seeds and feathers.
Silk - see care instructions about how to love your silk.
Introduction to Silk:
Silk is a beautiful natural fibre that is strong and light – perfect for summertime. The hand printing techniques of the indigenous art centres produce textiles whose colours will not run or fade under normal circumstances. Cleaning and washing silk fabric is definitely simple and convenient. So relax and enjoy your silk art!
As silk is still a delicate fabric, we always recommend hand washing using the recommendations below. If you follow these simple steps, your silk fabric should remain in fabulous condition many years from now.
Care of Silk Fabric: General Precautions
- Silk is a natural protein fibre. Do not use chlorine bleach to clean silk; chlorine will damage the silk fabric
- Avoid drying silk in direct sunlight as sunlight for a prolonged period will damage the silk fabric
- Substances containing alcohol will damage silk fabric. So let your perfume and hairspray dry before dressing
Hand Washing Silk
- Hand washing silk is our recommended mode of cleaning silk. Almost all silk can be hand washed
- If you have hard water, you may wish to first add a spoonful of borax to the washing water
- Use lukewarm water and mild, non-alkaline soap (such as Ivory Liquid) or baby shampoo
- While rinsing, you can add a few table spoons of distilled white vinegar to the rinse water to neutralize alkali traces and to dissolve soap residue
Or, add a few drops of hair conditioner to the final rinse water for extra silky feel
- Soaking silk for any more than a few minutes should be avoided
- Do not use harsh detergents that contain bleaches or brighteners
- Do not wring or twist; roll in towel to extract water
Silk Care: Drying Tips
- Hang silk garments to dry. The silk garment will hold its shape
- As with any fine fabric, never use direct sunlight to dry silk clothing. Doing so can damage the silk fibre and fade the colour. Wet silk may yellow in direct sunlight or on a radiator
- Don’t use a wooden drying rack, as the dyes & finishes can leave stains
- We do not recommend drying silk in a clothes dryer since it can damage silk in two ways: (1) excessive temperature and heat dulls the silk fabric and may also shrink it (2) friction with the dryer drum might cause yarn breaks or white streaks
- If you do wish to use a dryer, use the heatless AIR FLUFF setting
Silk Care: Ironing Silk
- If necessary, press the silk garment inside out while damp using cool iron setting (“Silk” setting on the iron)
- Do not wet locally as this may cause rings
- Too much heat can dull, pucker, or burn silk fabric
- Most wrinkles in silk can be removed by hanging the garment in the bathroom during a shower. Let humidity do the ironing for you!
Cleaning Silk: Wrinkle Removal Tips
- Minor silk wrinkles should disappear if the garment is hung overnight
- Stubborn wrinkles can be removed with a cool iron set on "silk"
- Better yet, hang your silk in the bathroom during a shower. Humidity will remove the wrinkles for you
Cleaning Silk: Silk Stain Removal
- Stains require specialised advice. Please consult with your dry cleaner or other fabric cleaning specialist.
- As with all fine fabrics, NEVER use chlorine bleach on silk, as it will erode the fibre (not to mention the fabric discoloration)
Silk Care: Travel Tips
- Pack your silk as you would any other clothing. Simply hang the garment after unpacking. Minor wrinkles should disappear overnight
- Better yet, hang your garment in the bathroom during a shower. The humidity will remove the wrinkles for you.