Fashion & Style

Modupe Badaru: Tips For Maintaining Your Oleku Silk Fabric



With the oleku trend being rampant and taking over the Nigerian fashion scene, I think its of great importance to highlight the care of the fabric mostly used to sew this style which is the silk fabric.

Silk fabric is one of the most popular fabric for apparel because of its unique, luxurious, absorbent and comfortable properties.

Silk fabric can be used to create breathtaking bridal wears, blouses, scarves, dresses, iro and buba (oleku).

This fabric does not attract dirt because of its smooth and shinning surface.

It’s a very sexy fabric that clinch to the skin to create a well-defined appearance of the female figure.

I love the soft and lush texture of the silk fabric and the way it flows on the body making everyone appear angelic and super gorgeous.

This fabric has been in existence for a while and its absolutely evergreen because it keeps evolving with the fashion trend at all times.

So in this post am going to emphasize on how to take care of this beautiful fabric which is must-have in every stylish woman’s wardrobe:

It is often recommended to be dry-cleaned and with a mild detergent using the washing machine with a lot of water and a strong wash pressure should be avoided because it can deteriorated the strength of the fabric.

In case you are washing silk with your hands, please apply a mild detergent /liquid soap in water, rub fabric gently and do not allow to wring.

Also note that Silk should not be soaked in bleach at any time and it should also not be exposed to direct sunlight but be dried under a shade.

Lots of care should be exercised when ironing it because it is very sensitive to heat, so it is best to iron when fabric is damp and iron temperature must not higher than 100oC.


Writer: Modupe Atoyebi-Badaru owns a blog called ‘theasoebijunkie’ where she shares her views about African fabrics and designs. She loves God, african fashion, books, movies and most importantly she loves to laugh! She considers herself as one of God’s favourite because she has enjoyed a lot of His Grace and Mercy.



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