Care Instructions

Due to the handmade process of our BBCP Collections, slight differences in color and texture are to be expected and celebrated.

How to wash your caftan:

    1. Always use cold water, avoid hot temperatures.
    2. We recommend hand washing, but machine washing works, too, turn your caftan inside-out and use cold water and delicate cycle.
    3. To preserve the texture and natural colors of your caftan, we recommend washing with a gentle, natural soap and avoiding any soaps containing harsh chemicals. Do not use bleach or detergents containing bleach.
    4. Natural dyes treated with iron ( Alum Ferrous)  are very sensitive to acidic content such lemon juice or vinegar and also body sweat with acidic nature, when exposed could bleach the naturally dyed textile. Dye descriptions are available in each shop product.
    5. Natural dyes bleed more easily than synthetic dyes, so be sure to always wash with like colors and always on cold.
    6. Hang dry your caftan if possible, avoiding direct sunlight to prevent bleaching. This will help to preserve the fibers for longer. If you must use the dryer, we recommend using cold or the lowest heat setting possible.
    7. We love the slightly wrinkled texture of cotton, but if you prefer a smoother look, we recommend using a steamer instead of direct ironing. You can also hang your caftan in the bathroom as you shower, allowing the steam to smooth wrinkles away.
       

How to compost your caftan once it’s reached the end:  


We hope that you will mend your BBCP if it gets torn and find creative solutions for dealing with stains such as over-dyeing in darker tones, or covering up with creative embroidery, and If you find yourself falling out of love with your caftan, the most environmentally friendly thing to do is pass it on to someone else who will give it a new life. But if your BBCP piece is truly at the end of its life you can compost it in the backyard and watch as it returns to the soil

It took Zahra 4 month to fully biodegrade inside of her home plant pots

Zhara Shihabuddin

 

Our Coon Caftans are made with 100% natural materials including sewing threads. That means the whole thing can be composted. But Keep in eye on other items such as Cocoon pants and remember to remove elastics or buttons before proceeding.

Important !

Compostable products are all biodegradable, but not all biodegradable are compostable, and they are specifically intended for a composting environment or/and in a industrial facility. Do Not Throw Away naturally made clothes thinking they will magically return to earth by themselves. Keep clothing out of landfills

Cotton is one of the easiest fabrics to decompose. In the right compost, the material should be gone in a week to five months.

Instructions:

    1. Cut the garment into long strips, about two inches wide. Then cut those strips into small squares, about 2-3 inches.
    2. Collect your squares and mix them with potting soil; 2 parts soil to 1 part fabric and mix well. If you have a compost bin or pile at home, you can also just toss the fabric squares straight in there.
    3. If you’re planting with your caftan, add the fabric and soil mixture to a pot (or in the ground), then pop your plant inside! The cotton will help retain moisture in the soil and keep your plants from drying out. Add another layer of soil on top and press the plants firmly into the soil. Then add water and watch your plants grow.

Natural soaps vs conventional detergents:

Conventional detergents are usually composed of phosphates, surfactants, triclosan, and “antibacterial” ingredients. When washed down our drains, these chemicals can poison wildlife, damage fish gills, and contribute to harmful nutrient buildup causing algae-growth in waterways which poses problems for the entire ecological system.

Natural detergents are kinder to wildlife. Biodegradable soaps get broken down on the journey through your drainpipes and don’t contain ingredients that will poison wildlife. If you are using natural soaps outdoors, it’s important to remember to wash clothing at least 200 yards away from a water source, as even eco-friendly soaps can damage delicate ecosystems if they are used directly in natural bodies of water.