Not just a Saree

This time when I visited my mother-in-law in Chennai and was helping her arrange her cupboard I was surprised to see that she had very few sarees.

For someone who is an ardent lover of sarees she has a very good collection of some of the best silk sarees and it was a great surprise that she had now a great chunk of them removed from her collection.

Upon asking she told me that the borders of her silk sarees were torn, in some cases the saree itself was tearing. That is how silk is, if kept for a long time it generally starts tearing out on its own.

She seemed distressed that this should happen and was feeling bad that no one could use them in any way. I asked her how would she like it if she could still use them in some way and she replied “I would be delighted”

So here are a few ideas I shared with her. These are specific to silk sarees but if we take other sarees we can do a lot more.

  1. Cushion covers
  2. Curtains / Drapes
  3. Handbags / Potlis / Purses / Jholas
  4. Mattress Covers
  5. Furnishings / Upholstery
  6. Table covers, runners, placemats
  7. Dresses, pavadas (skirts), jackets, blouses (the list is endless here, you can turn it into any imaginable garment)
  8. Frame the Elaborate Pallu or the Borders
  9. Tapestries
  10. Reuse just the borders with other sarees
  11. Scarves / Dupattas / Stoles
  12. Saree Covers
  13. Gift Bags  / Dressed up Gift Boxes / Jewellery Boxes / Gift Envelopes
  14. Bed spreads
  15. Turn the border into a designer belt
  16. Lampshades
  17. Use two or more sarees to make a new patterned saree
  18. File Folder Covers / Diary Covers
  19. Patchwork quilts
  20. Trays / Teapot Covers
  21. Bookmarks (using the borders)

I haven’t posted any pictures here because I would have to take them from the net, I welcome my readers to share pictures if they have tried any of these.

My mother in law loved my ideas and I am about to embark on a creative  journey hope you people join me turn my ideas into reality.

 

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