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.
- Cushion covers
- Curtains / Drapes
- Handbags / Potlis / Purses / Jholas
- Mattress Covers
- Furnishings / Upholstery
- Table covers, runners, placemats
- Dresses, pavadas (skirts), jackets, blouses (the list is endless here, you can turn it into any imaginable garment)
- Frame the Elaborate Pallu or the Borders
- Reuse just the borders with other sarees
- Scarves / Dupattas / Stoles
- Saree Covers
- Gift Bags / Dressed up Gift Boxes / Jewellery Boxes / Gift Envelopes
- Bed spreads
- Turn the border into a designer belt
- Use two or more sarees to make a new patterned saree
- File Folder Covers / Diary Covers
- Patchwork quilts
- Trays / Teapot Covers
- 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.