PROPER CARE IN LAUNDERING YOUR SUGAR CANE DENIM FOR BEST RESULTS: STEP (1) CARE BEFORE WASHING It is recommended that you soak Sugar Cane Denim in water before wear. The fabric is woven by old type power looms. Due to the low speed in weaving, the surface is rough. The fabric is raw with no pre shrink treatment and shrinks by soaking for a perfect fit. It is important that the leg length is adjusted after soaking in water. After washing non-washed raw selvage-denim jeans shrinkage will occur both in waist size (approx Â½-1 inch) and leg length (approx 3 inches) and the final inside leg length measurement should be around 34 inches. It usually takes at least 3-4 washes to achieve the final measurement but sometimes additional washes may be needed. Never have your non-washed raw selvage-denim jeans shortened to your desired length until final measurement has been achieved via washing. Please note: Due to the erratic characteristics inherently associated with the raw, heavy cotton turned into denim produced on the old shuttle looms, waist measurement can fluctuate by about 1" smaller than the label on the jeans states. Washing instructions: Wash in cold water only, by hand or washing machine. DO NOT WASH IN HOT WATER. By washing in hot water, the indigo blue dye will lose its natural shade. Laundry detergent: Avoid use of any detergent when soaking before wear. Use only when soiled as detergents will wash out the indigo blue. Beware of using detergents with fluorescent contents as this will change the natural colours. STEP (2) HOW TO LAUNDER Wash separately from other garments as the denim is not colour fast and colour will bleed If washed before wear, wash by machine for a maximum of 5 minutes and avoid lengthy soaking and washing to prevent unnaturalÂ fading ofÂ indigo It is unnecessary to turn the garment inside out as sugar cane denims were developed as work wear and built tough. Avoid usage of a scrubbing brush, pumice stone or sand paper for a quick fade as your eagerness will destroy the fabric and the natural fade. After washing, natural creases will form and the fade will give its true appearance. After washing, wring out by hand and be careful of indigo drips. STEP (3) HOW TO DRY After wringing out, creases will remain. However, do not iron out the creases as this will cause a colour change. Ironing is not recommended as continuous wear will help to fade out the creases. For outdoor drying, a clear day is best as the fabric will tighten and by continuous wear, the garment becomes fitted to the body and forms natural creases. This is the beginning of creating your own original denims. The use of a tumble dryer is not recommended as heat can change the colour of the indigo. STEP 4 DEVELOPING YOUR OWN PAIR Although it will require time, continuous wear of Sugar Cane will fade to your satisfaction After washing and wearing, change in colour is expected. Sugar Cane Denims are to be washed to a minimum. However, please bear in mind if the denim gets extremely soiled, it is difficult to wash out the soil so wear your denims with care. Each pair of jeans could have a separate appearance although washed the same, as it all depends on the persons wear.