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Dyeing a Duvet Cover

We just received a beautiful rough Thai silk duvet cover with a softer, shinier Thai silk insert in the center front of the duvet. The colors are in a gorgeous rich purple/fuchsia shades, and I am extremely nervous to wash it! The store owners said I could probably throw it in the washing machine on a delicate cycle and hang it to dry… I am leaning towards a professional dry cleaner, but that will become too costly in the long run. I was also hoping you might know how I can set the colors to keep the brilliance alive! Please… any advice would be appreciated! I would even consider hand washing (UGH) if that is the optimal route! Thank you in advance! Leanna in Canada

Dear Leanna,
I don’t know what will exactly produce the response that you want, but if it were mine, I would wash in the machine, on delicate cycle, using Synthrapol. This will keep the excess dye from backwashing onto itself. Get this at www.dharmatrading.com. Use only about 1/2 tablespoon of Synthrapol. It’s very concentrated.
sounds beautiful!
Jennifer