RAFFIA HATS, VISORS AND BAGS
Use a small amount of water to spot clean, only when required. Do not use chemical cleaners as this may stain or damage the raffia and cause discolouration.
Due to raffias natural qualities, and our crochet and braid techniques there are no visible knots or joins, raffia fibres are woven in on top of each other continuously. This method can result in a few fly-away fibres, these can simply be trimmed without damage to the product.
As raffia is a natural fibre, colours may soften over time. Potential and natural variations are a characteristic of the raffia fibre.
We use a variety of formed and fexi peaks in caps and visors. We advise customers to gently roll the peak between the palms of both hands, applying gentle pressure to create the desired peak curvature to suits your face shape.
FABRIC HATS & VISORS
The care of fabric hats differs for specific compositions and fabrications. Please refer to the care label of your Helen Kaminski hat for details.
PANAMA FINE WEAVE HATS
As the toquilla palm is a natural fibre, colours may soften over time. Potential and natural variations are a characteristic of the toquilla palm fibre.
Avoid oils, inks, creams, or any other semi permanents likely to stain your panama hat.
Remove stains as quickly as possible before they absorb into the fibre. Be sure not to rub the stain into the weave. Spot clean using a damp cloth with mild soapy water as required and pat dry. Do not use chemical cleaners as this may stain and cause discolouration.
FUR / WOOL FELT HATS
Fur felt hats should not be dry cleaned or washed under any circumstances, and should not be worn in the rain.
Gently brushing with a soft nonabrasive bristle brush, such as horse hair or poly brush can tidy the appearance as well as diminish marks or stains. Brush following the nap of the fur in a clockwise direction, using long gentle strokes.
HANDLING A HAT
• Always hold a hat by the inside of the crown, rather than the brim
• Avoid placing the brim of the hat on a flat surface.
• Always set the hat upside-down on the crown to avoid losing its shape.
STORING A HAT
• Store your hat in a hat box or on a clean surface with the crown and brim supported (ie crown stuffed with plain, colourless tissue paper).
• Store the hat in a ventilated space away from direct light and moisture.
• Hats should not be rolled for prolonged periods of time.
Raffia crochet and braid styles can be re-shaped by following these simple steps:
1. Stuff the crown with plain, colourless tissue paper.
2. Using a domestic iron on the ‘steam’ setting, steam the outer and inner sections of the hat until warm and slightly moist to touch.
3. Re-form the hat to the desired shape. Brim edges can be reshaped by running fingers and thumb along the brim edge in a very gentle stretching motion. Fedora crown tips can be redefined by pinching with the thumb, forefinger and middle finger.
4. Allow to cool and dry in a well-ventilated area out of direct sunlight.
5. The above technique also applies to raffia crochet bags.
We do not recommend re-shaping panama hats with steam.