how to hand-wash silk
I haven’t dry-cleaned silk in ages. Just hand-wash it in cold water. But don’t bung it in the dryer, even on low. No way!
If you want to iron it straight away, and it’s a relatively small piece, wrap it in a towel to get rid of the excess moisture.
If it’s a large piece, particularly if it tends to bleed colour, such as this hand-dyed silk kimono, consider hanging it up to dry. Then, if you can remember to catch it before it’s bone dry, iron with steam on the wrong side.
If you don’t catch it, sprinkle liberally with water, put it in a (clean!) plastic bag so the humidity gets into the entire garment, and then iron on the wrong side.
Why I was washing it out on Labor Day is another story. There was a vacuum cleaner. . . and that’s all I’m saying.