Fortunately, we have a lot of opportunities to interact with our customers through our online store, and along with the heart-warming compliments, we have also been receiving many questions about how to care for our samue and jinbei. So, I would like to answer them in this blog. Hopefully, you will find the information helpful in caring for your items.

In the first blog, I would like to show you the proper ways to wash the items, and in the second blog, I will explain the precautions to take from washing to drying.

Now, let's start with the question about how to wash them properly.

Can I wash samue and jinbei in a washing machine?
Most of our items are machine-washable. However, there are some non-washable items, too.

Clothing, in general, has a washing label on it, including our samue and jinbei, which can be used to determine how to wash it. In December 2016, the label was changed to match 41 international standards, which are the same for both domestic and international use. For example, these are the marks.

I would like to show you an example of one of Wasuian's standard items, Kasuri Tsumugi Samue. This samue, available in a total of 17 beautiful colors and a wide range of sizes from SS to LL, is popular as the first piece of samue and as a gift for any occasion.

6001 Kasuri Tsumugi Samue

This washing label is sewn on both the jacket and pants.

The marks following the "M" for size and "100% cotton" for fabric and quality are shown clockwise from the left in the upper row.

  • (1) Water temperature is a maximum of 40°C when machine-washed
  • (2) No chlorine or oxygen bleach
  • (3) Do not tumble dry
  • (4) Can be ironed with a maximum temperature of 150°C
  • (5) Preferable to hang to dry in the shade

Incidentally, machine-washable items use fabrics with a dyeing method called "reactive dyeing," which does not fade with ordinary detergents, so you can use ordinary neutral detergent. However, there are a few things you need to pay attention to when washing. But now, let’s focus on washable and non-washable items. Please don’t worry. I will show you the washing tips later.

What can't be washed in a washing machine?
As mentioned, some items are not machine-washable, and here is a list of them.
  • (1) Items dyed with indigo and botanical dyes
  • (2) Items made of pure silk
  • (3) Items with a polyester lining

Let's take a look at them starting with (1) Items dyed with indigo and botanical dyes

(1) Items dyed with indigo dye and botanical dye will fade in color. This change leads to the enjoyment unique to naturally dyed products, which is to "nurture the garment and bring out its character," but it is a serious problem if the colors transfer to other laundry or the washing machine itself. Please wash by hand in cold water, and wash separately from other clothing.

2011 Enshu Indigo-dyed Samue. The standard for indigo-dyed items.

(2) The silk materials cannot be washed in water due to the characteristics of the fabric. Wetting it with water may cause stains, wrinkles, or shrinkage, so please have it dry-cleaned.

8001 Shoken (Pure Silk) Tsumugi Samue. Made with the highest quality pure silk.

(3) We recommend hand washing or dry cleaning for the items with a polyester lining. If washed in a washing machine, the smooth and shiny lining will become wrinkled. In addition, polyester is a heat-sensitive material and is difficult to iron, so we do not recommend ironing, either.

5080 Samue Coat. A good match for both samue and Western clothing.

These are examples of our items with polyester lining.

This question of "Can I wash samue and jinbei in the washing machine” is common, so I hope this blog post will be helpful to you, and that you wash each item properly to keep them in good condition.

In the next blog, I would like to talk about the things you should pay attention to when washing them. Using these washing tips makes a big difference and I'm sure you will be satisfied with how your garments are when finished.

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