Sand-washed Italian Crepe de Chine Silk
— Garment Care For The Minx Robe —
Intro to CDC Care
Silk is Worth The Effort
While silk may seem like it may require constant maintenance and effort to keep pristine, it's quite worth the effort. The effort affords you a long-lasting, heirloom quality garment that gets smoother the more you wear it.
Crepe de Chine (CDC) is a special type of silk - and there's more to it than washing and drying. We've compiled tips here for how to handle wrinkles, storage, and loving your CDC robe.
The Crepe Drape
Crepe de Chine (CDC) is French for "Crepe of China." The fabric is a kind of lightweight, dense, and breathable silk made with highly twisted yarns. Crepe de chine fabric features a silky smooth feel, fluid drape and grainy texture. It has a little more of a pebbly matte look than it's other silk counterparts.
Italian Silk History
Why Italian Silk?
When the Roman Empire began to wind down, it is said that they discovered that the extremely precious silk resources came from a mysterious worm. The Empire allegedly "borrowed" the worms, leading to the Romans becoming one of the highest calibre manufacturers of silk.
Read the Fabric Care Tag
When considering how to take care of your garments, the first place you should look is the labels - usually placed in the seams in the inner lining. Make sure you look on all sides of the label - and you may see written instructions or symbols (which can be especially useful if the text is written in a different language).
Your fabric care label can tell you a lot about the garment. “Dry Clean” is usually a recommendation to take the garment to a dry cleaner. If you choose to wash it at home, gently hand wash the garment.
“Dry Clean Only” is less of a recommendation - that the garment is very delicate. It is strongly suggested you take it to a professional.
The MINX Robe
For the MINX Robe, it's recommended to dry clean.
Cold, Gentle Cycle
Gentle, Medium Heat
Do Not Wring
Do Not Iron
- Do Not Iron - The gentler method of ridding the garment of unwanted wrinkles and creasing is to steam it. Not only does avoid the risks of ironing like folds, creases, and burns, but steaming adds the benefits of eliminating germs and odors.
- Cool & Dry Storage - Always try to keep this garment in arid and temperature moderated storage areas.
- Long-Term Storage - Store silks in breathable dry containers if you intend to keep it stored for long periods of time.
- Photosensitivity - Prolonged periods of time under sunlight can damage the garment and you may notice fading in color.
- Moth Management - This is an obvious one, but it's recommended to keep moth repellant near the stored garment.