Because #shweshwe has sizing in it, you need to do a prewash before cutting and sewing. There are always questions about washing #shweshwe and the answer is, treat it like your regular dark wash. I use HOT water for the prewash and LUKEWARM water for subsequent washing, but for the prewash I do not use the whole washing machine cycle, just the rinse and spin cycle. Here is what I do step by step:
1. Fabric pull for new project.
2. Rinse in hot water in the laundry tub keeping only cream prints separate.
3. It's okay to rinse all the other colours together in hot water.
4. Place in washing machine for rinse and spin. I only do this if I have a large load, otherwise I do a few more rinses by hand.
5. Quality control team checking rinsed fabric.
6. & 7. Hang to dry, or use the dryer. I grew up in South Africa so I LOVE air dried washing.
8. Indigo stains 💙💙💙💙If you want to curb the indigo bleed, add salt to your final rinse water.
9. Too much fun!😻😻 If you are concerned about frayed edges, then serge or zigzag stitch raw edges before the prewash. SHRINKAGE will occur because the sizing is pushing threads apart and when you rinse out the sizing, the threads settle closer together, but the fabric remains stable after the prewash. In Southern Africa #shweshwe is primarily used for making garments because is has a good hand and drapes well. #stepbystep #washinginstructions #shweshwelove