What to do with an old sari?

I was a Sari is a brand which debuted at Lakme Fashion Week during Summer Resort 2017. I was a Sari is a lifestyle brand offering a unique and premium line of up-cycled fashion products made from beautiful Indian saris. This isn’t the first in its segment as handbags from Holii started their business by incorporating Indian saris and motifs into their designs years ago. So what makes this brand different? Well, it is its simplicity. The designs are basic but versatile. They not only make dresses, tops, shoes, jewellery but also reusable bags, stoles, scarfs and a variety of other fashion accessories. Sustainable fashion is the way forward and I was very happy to see their collection.

I was a Sari, Lakme Fashion Week

This made me think how can we make our saris useful which have not seen the light of the day for very long. I scouted a few celebrity images and found that we can convert our unused saris into dresses and accessories with a bit of imagination and the art of tailoring. ( Only catch is to find a good tailor)

Inspiration one: Look at how effortlessly Juhi Chawla has gone glam with Indian fabric and motifs in this dress. The golden zari work looks amazing against the green fabric. She wore it at the Anita Dongre show, Lakme Fashion Week Grand Finale. I think any of our Benarasi saris lying unused can be modified into a dress similar to this floor length kurta dress.

Juhi Chawla, Anita Dongre, Lakme Fashion Week

Inspiration two: Convert any of your silk sarees into a chic summer dress like this one from I was a Sari. If you have extra fabric left, then create matching accessories like bags, fabric bead jewellery, scarf, etc. Gorgeous, isn’t it?

I was a Sari, Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2017

I was a Sari at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2017

Inspiration three: If you have georgette embellished sarees that you wore last at your wedding and have’t touched them in a while then convert them into evening dresses like this dress worn by Sangeeta Bijlani. Sangeeta wore this dress at the Lakme Fashion Week Grand Finale by Anita Dongre show. Perfect for an evening soiree.

Sangeeta Bijlani, Anita Dongre

Inspiration four: Not too keen on the entire dress? Then go for jazzy evening wear top made from an elaborate Sari pallu. Look how Gul Panag teamed up a cream top with black cigarette pants and high heels. Impressive!

Gul Panag, Lakme Fashion Week

Inspiration five: A silk blouse with a benarasi skirt can spell modern chic in the most pronounced way. Look at Padma Lakshmi wearing a Tarun Tahiliani ensemble. Use any embellished or zari work sari to make a long skirt which you can team up with a plain shirt for fresh a look at a sangeet or mehendi ceremony.

Padma Lakshmi, Lakme Fashion Week

Have you got anymore ideas to use old saris as up-cycled fashion? If yes, do leave your comments below.

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