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How to take care of your Savannah Morrow pieces

Working with natural, organic fibers means that our clothes have their own life. Unlike synthetic fabrics that are made and processed to stay intact for a long time, the fabrics we work with breathe, change, expand, contract, and may fade. We process them minimally to preserve the fact that our clothes came from nature and are meant to return to the Earth one day.

Our ambition is to be a part of your forever collection. We create timeless pieces that you can wear and combine in countless ways, from walking barefoot on a beach to a formal outdoor event. We imagine our clothes following you wherever you go and moving along with your body as you dance through life. 

But just as your skin and hair change when exposed to heat, water, or light, so do your clothes. 

Because we are keeping the raw, organic beauty of fibers, our clothes need a bit of your attention and care to have a long life. We also use natural dyes that are not created to stay as new forever. However, there is no need to invest in special equipment or buy new products. Instead, we ask you to rethink how you clean and care for clothes.

Proper care for all clothes, not just those we make, is important. Caring for clothes will make them longer and lower your energy, carbon, and water footprint. In addition, we believe that caring for clothes is an act of appreciation for the work that went into making them, no matter where they come from. 

Thus, let us first cover some caring tips to apply to all clothes.

General sustainable clothes caring tips

Before anything else, our main tip is to see if there are any specific caring instructions. Always try to follow these.

In general, there are some caring tips that you can apply to almost all clothes. Washing and drying your clothes better will extend their life, keep them in better shape for longer, save energy water, and potentially reduce your utility bills.  

  1. Wash less often: 

    You do not need to wash your clothes after every wear, with the exception of underwear and similar items. Unless there is a visible stain or an odor, most clothes can be worn five or more times before washing. Please keep in mind that some clothes, like Savannah Morrow, should not be machine-washed at home and need an alternative. 

  2. Air-dry when you can: 

    Avoid shrinking your clothes, make the colors last longer and save energy by opting for air-drying your clothes. This especially works well with natural fibers meant to be treated as naturally as possible. 

  3. Choose a gentle washing detergent and softener: 

    Go for a more natural and gentle washing detergent and softener if you can. Many commercial washing liquids contain toxic chemicals that pollute our water systems but may harm your skin in the long run. Opting for brands with better ingredients means avoiding this and treating the fabric with less harsh products. 

  4. Lower the washing temperature: 

    Choosing a cold wash or lowering your temperature to 80-90°F will help preserve your clothes' color, shape, and texture. Considering that washing machines will use the most energy to warm water, this is a way to conserve energy as well. 

  5. Iron less: 

    Most clothing does not actually need ironing, and some, like Savannah Morrow clothes, should not be ironed at all. Too much heat can damage the fiber and make your clothes fade quicker. Instead, store the clothes properly. For example, hang clothes on a hanger to keep them in shape, unless it's knitwear. In this case, do not hang them but fold them on a flat surface. Air-drying clothes also helps avoid unwanted wrinkles and folds. 

Yet, as we said, each fabric has its own properties and character and might need extra care. Here is how to take care of Savannah Morrow signature fabrics and crochets.

 

Taking care of Savannah Morrow clothes

Our fabrics are handmade, using only natural and sustainably sourced fibers. Please note which fabric your clothes are made from before cleaning or storing them.

Peace silk and bamboo fabric

Quick overview:

  • Dry clean only
  • Use light steam press between cleaning
  • No ironing
  • Dry in shade 

Our most luxurious fabric so far is light, textured, and has a subtle shine to it under the direct sun. The fabric is made from two delicate natural fibers, silk and bamboo, giving a skin-like feel to our pieces. Due to the wrinkled character of the fabric, it can expand with each wear. You might even notice that some parts have flattened after being worn for a while. This is because the fabric adjusts to how your body wears it. 

We advise dry cleaning the clothes made with this fabric but only when needed. A light steam press will work perfectly fine between two cleanings. Steaming kills most germs and odors while using very little resources and energy.

To preserve the wrinkles and the gentle nature of this fabric, do not iron.

Direct sunlight can cause the colors to fade, except for Cream (the yarn's natural color). To avoid this, dry the clothes in the shade.

Special care tip from us: 

To retain the wrinkles that have flattened out, add a bit of the heat, for example, using a steamer. This will help the fibers contract together and give your garment that perfect shape, ready for new wear.

 

Organic Cotton: 

Quick overview:

  • You can dry clean
  • Hand washing is possible using warm water 
  • A gentle machine spin and wring by hand is possible
  • No ironing
  • Hang or lay flat once dry
  • Dry in shade

Our oldest signature fabric is a result of a long search, generational knowledge, and careful sourcing. It is a soft, breathable fabric that gives a little structure to our relaxed silhouettes. The fabric is also gentle to the skin and has a light wrinkling effect. 

If possible, we recommend dry cleaning. But you can also hand wash the pieces made with this fabric in warm water, using a natural fabric softener (opt for brands like Ecover). You can also give it a gentle machine spin to extract excess water or wring by hand. 

Once dry, hang the clothes or lay them flat. Do not iron but use a light steam press when needed. 

Direct sunlight can cause the colors to fade, except for Cream (the yarn's natural color). To avoid this, dry the clothes in the shade.

Special care tip from us: 

The organic cotton we use in this fabric can expand with each wear, but it can also bounce back to its original state. The hotter the water you use, the more the fabric will contract to its original state. However, do not use boiling or very hot water to avoid colors fading. 
 

Crochet and knits 

Quick overview:

  • Dry clean
  • Use steamer between cleaning
  • Treat stains with warm water and gentle patting
  • No ironing
  • Do not hang

Hand crochet and kitting are ancient techniques, almost forgotten today. We are proud to feature it in our collections, showcasing the beauty of artisan-made clothing. Each piece takes hours to finish, adhering to our slow fashion philosophy.

Like with the other fabrics on this list, we recommend dry cleaning and steam pressing at home between the cleaning. While the steam press is excellent for keeping our wrinkled fabrics in shape, it works great with knits too. The steam will also keep your clothes fresh and bacteria-free.

If you have a stain or mark, drop warm water on it and pat it. Lay the garment on a flat surface and let it dry. Once dry, you can steam the whole garment.

Do not iron; never hang knits and crochets on hangers to avoid stretching them out.

 

Still not sure how to take care of Savannah Morrow clothes? In case of any questions or concerns, feel free to send us a message at hello@savannahmorrow.com.