DIY Your Own Sari
AKA What Happens When You Have No Power and Need To Be Productive
So, I came upon this gorgeous material at the Garden sale in town yesterday:
Madre suggested making a salwar-kameez out of it, but I demurred in spite of the lovely, lovely colour and the softness of the fabric. When we came home yesterday, we kept talking about it, and then Mom had a genius idea: make a SARI out of it!
For all y’all Indian ladies and girls, this is a great way to create your own personalized and unique sari: get fabric in a color and pattern you like, find a border/trim that coordinates and then just get a blouse to match. In fact, that’s how it used to be done!
My mom often reinvents her own saris. Sometimes, she will re-fashion an old sari by just replacing the trim/border, or sometimes she adds a bit of embroidery to the pattern with some gold/solver thread, rhinestones, etc. Another trick is to dye the sari a darker colour. That way, any undyed embroidery/print/weave is highlighted. For instance,
Exhibit A: Mom’s Sari in 2007:
See how you can barely make out something glittering on her sari? The embroidery was done in silver and the color of the sari was too light to make an impression from afar…
Exhibit B: Same Sari in 2012:
See the difference dye can make?? This color is STUNNING. My eyeshadow is too, but in another manner altogether!
So, once she put the idea in my head about the green fabric, I could not let it go. In fact, I considered coming back to town yesterday evening itself to make sure I would get the amount of fabric necessary for a sari. But I held off till today morning, and once I got some tasks off my to-do list1, I was raring to get out! Back we went to the Garden Sale, and snatched up that lovely little emerald green number off the bolt. Also got some trim and a blouse-piece to match:
This is going to require some minor hand-sewing skills for the trim, and I am on the lookout for another blouse-piece in some green brocade with flowers on it (more in sync with the flowers of the trim). Maybe I should call this Project Make-Your-Own-Sari? I can’t wait to get started!