In the heart of Emirati culture, the kandura is a symbol of tradition, grace, and heritage. This flowing white robe, worn by Emirati men, is more than just clothing; it represents a rich legacy. To keep your kandura looking its best, it’s important to know how to iron it properly. In this blog post, we will provide you with guidance on the best methods for ironing your kandura; keeping it in excellent condition.
Why Ironing Is Important
Before we jump into how to iron a kandura, let’s understand why it’s important. Kanduras are made from lightweight, breathable fabrics that are comfortable in the UAE’s hot climate. However, they are prone to wrinkling if not taken care of properly. Ironing is beneficial in two ways: it smooths out wrinkles, giving your kandura a pristine look, and it helps the fabric maintain its quality.
Before You Start Ironing Your Kandura
Start by checking your kandura for any stains, loose threads, or damage. It’s best to address these issues before ironing.
In addition, follow ironing’s rule of thumb; always read the care label to find out the right ironing temperature and settings for your kandura’s fabric. Different fabrics may need different heat levels.
How To Iron Your Kandura
1. Clean Before Ironing
Make sure your iron is not dirty, and there’s nothing left on it that can rub off onto your kandura. If your iron can make steam, check that it’s clean and works well. Also, we have a blog on how to clean your ironing board to perfection!
2. Set The Heat
Adjust the iron to the correct temperature for your kandura’s fabric. If you’re not sure, start with a low heat setting and gradually increase if needed. It’s better to be cautious to avoid burning the fabric.
3. Use a Damp Cloth
To keep your kandura safe, place a clean, wet cloth (like cotton or linen) between the iron and your kandura. This cloth will prevent direct contact and reduce the risk of damage to the delicate fabric of your kandura.
4. Iron in Sections
Start ironing your kandura in sections. Begin with the sleeves and work your way down to the body of the robe. Be gentle and avoid pressing too hard, as this can ruin the fabric.
5. Pay Attention To Wrinkles
Focus extra care on areas with heavy wrinkles, like the front and back, and be meticulous when ironing the collar and cuffs. For these areas, use short, careful strokes.
6. Avoid Shiny Fabric
If your kandura is made of a fabric that can become shiny, like polyester, use a lower heat setting and a damp cloth to prevent shine.
After ironing, hang your kandura on a padded hanger to keep wrinkles at bay. Also ensure you store your kandura in a cool, dark and dry place to maintain its condition.
By following these steps, you can ensure your kandura always looks its best and represents the rich heritage it embodies. Ironing your kandura is not just about keeping it in good shape; it’s a way to pay tribute to the traditions and values it carries.