Natural fibers mean care for body and soul. They require optimum care, which is both gentle and effective to the product. The INTERVALS care product line for natural fibers meets these demands to the full extent. It has been designed to precisely match each of the various types of fibers.
This product line provides a thorough washing process which at the same time is gentle to the skin. It omits any phosphates as well as optical brighteners and bleaching agents. You will still find your favorite colors to stay as bright as ever. All of these special products are highly biodegradable while at the same time protecting the natural fiber's precious features. If you are prone to show allergic reactions, you will most probably manage well with this product line.
You need to know the products material and characteristics first for best care. We have gathered some info about our products materials and care instruction that might help you.
Jute is known as the raw material for sacks all over the world. Jute is truly one of the most versatile fibers gifted to man by nature that finds various uses in the form of Handicrafts. Next to cotton, jute is the cheapest and most important of all textile fibers. Jute cultivation provides work for millions of farmers, landless laborers, industrial workers and provides jobs for many others indirectly.
Jute is a long, soft, shiny fiber that can be spun into coarse, strong threads. It is one of the cheapest natural fibers, and is second only to cotton in amount produced and variety of uses. Jute fibers are composed primarily of the plant materials cellulose, lignin, and pectin. Both the fiber and the plant from which it comes are commonly called jute.
*Jute is 100% biodegradable
*Jute is durable and has a life span comparable to 1000 plastic bags
*Jute is a natural plant fiber that is a renewable and sustainable resource.
*No toxic gases of harmful emissions are created in the production of jute bags.
*Jute plants consume CO2 – the main cause of the greenhouse effect.
*The Jute industry provides income for an estimated five million people in Bangladesh and India.
Characteristics of Jute Fabric
It is strong.
It is a good insulator of heat and electricity.
It is stable to sunlight. It does not degrade on exposure to sun light.
It has a moderately high density.
It is not sensitive to chemical attack.
It is environmentally friendly.
The burning emitted fumes have no adverse effects to human body.
It is reparable and reusable.
Handmade fabric is woven on a loom, which uses vertical warps and horizontal wefts. The yarn spaces are not closer and it is loosely woven. Due to this, handmade fabric does not shrink like tightly woven fabrics produced with power spinning or power weaving processes.
For centuries people have been using looms to weave cloth. Only 300 years ago, all cloth was made with hand looms. Today, people still make use of hand looms to make beautiful handmade fabric.
Characteristics of Handmade Fabric
It is elegant.
It is luxurious.
It does not shrink like power spun or woven fabrics.
Care instructions for jute and hand made fabrics products:
The heavy textured durians silk, the soft and lustrous silk from Rajshahi, the famous Dhakai muslin and endi are all woven with the finest silk yarns and need special care. Dry-cleaning is essential to preserve their sheen, color and luster as contact with moisture might damage their vivid coloring.
All fabrics that have gold threads (zari) interwoven must be dry cleaned. Washing often dulls the zari and the fabric is likely to shift.
Jamdanis must always be dry cleaned.
Natural sea grass local name Hogla for a bush-like small plant, Typha elephantiana of family Typhaceae, frequently seen in the sundarbans along the banks of rivers and canals. The plants look like grasses and may attain heights from two to five meters. The leaf blades are flattened and composed of aerenchymatous spongy tissue. The plant produces huge quantity of pollens. These grasses have fibrous root systems. The plant grows in plenty in the Sundarbans forest as well as in other low lying areas of Sylhet, in beels and haors. Hogla grass is extensively used to make mats. Baskets, ropes and different kind of handicrafts are also made out of the dried materials. [Abul Khair] : source 'Banglapedia'
Washing & care for sea grass & other leafy products:
wipe with water wet piece of cotton or soft cleaning cloths. If the products get wet or soaked sun dry them. Expose to direct heat could dry them to crusty like any other leafy & spongy plant. All holgla are heat treated with Bunsen burner and fumigated.