Indian festivals are uplifting and also connecting with our traditions. One of these is that we do take out our silks and wear traditional clothes. However, post festivities the dry cleaning of silks feels like an uphill task for many and most often think that dry cleaning is way your silks safe and well preserved.
Ever wonder what we were doing before the advent of dry cleaning. After all, silk did not come the India post the knowledge of dry cleaning. Try asking or googling about the history of laundry in India. You will not results that satisfy your curiosity. It is nice blog by Jana Thevar who explains with your laundry if you want to wash it rather than dry cleaning. Jana suggests use any mild baby shampoo. However, I wanted to know what did in previous century.
I needed an explanation and found out that we were using our traditional soapnut especially for tough silks such as Kanjeevaram etc. We also discovered at soapnuts were used as natural pest repellents and antimicrobials. When tried using same soap nuts it worked fantastically well for me, it would fascinating know your experiences on washing different varieties of silks traditionally the grannies. Time to engage with your grandparents to know how they wash their silks and share that information, and maybe could together create laundry chronicles for Indian silks.