What to do with loads of saris?

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10 years 6 months ago #29957 by kai
I sort of used to collect and wear some of them. I now have a trunk full of them, I guess 25-30.
Some are very delicate fabrics with exquisite embroidery and sequin work. A couple are wedding saris with wonderful end pieces with gold embroidery that I thought about cutting off an framing at some point.
Others are slightly more mundane.
Some are satin, some silk blends, some cotton, some are shot with gold thread (zari work).

Each is 5-6m in length

I am looking for ideas to use them. There is not enough material to make curtains from them. They are too delicate for say covering a sofa. And some too ornate to consider making clothes from them.

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10 years 6 months ago #404996 by Organix

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10 years 6 months ago #404998 by kaybe
I once knew a very petite Indian lady who used the crimson and gold wedding sari (she had been sent as a wedding gift) to have made into a 'Gone With The Wind' style wedding dress - very dramatic!

Could use use them as fabric swathes over the tops of plain matching curtains? I understand they will all be different, but just one in each room would make an interesting focal point. You could also make some of the really ornate ones into wall hangings if you halved them (actually, how long is a sari?). Also you could use them as doorway privacy hangings like the Japanese have, you know the kind with a split up the middle to get through?

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10 years 6 months ago #405001 by kai
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Organix;400747 wrote: Trade Me

I was hoping to do something with them not sell them.

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10 years 6 months ago #405003 by kai
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kaybe;400749 wrote:

Could use use them as fabric swathes over the tops of plain matching curtains? I understand they will all be different, but just one in each room would make an interesting focal point. You could also make some of the really ornate ones into wall hangings if you halved them (actually, how long is a sari?).

Over the top of curtains is not a bad idea thanks.
Saris are usually 5-6m long ( you can get longer ones depending on the region and the typical style of draping them)

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10 years 6 months ago #405007 by kaybe
Maybe cushion covers for decorative throw cushions. Fancy tablecloth for special occasions? (too long I guess).

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10 years 6 months ago #405009 by kai
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I have contemplated cushion covers for one of the more robust ones. I would post some pics up of some of them, but the website keeps chucking an error when I try to add an attachment

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10 years 6 months ago #405011 by dmschnarr
Bedspreads? Quilts? Scarves? Change to some other type of clothing?

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10 years 6 months ago #405023 by Robinsons Folly?

kai;400745 wrote: I sort of used to collect and wear some of them. I now have a trunk full of them, I guess 25-30.
Some are very delicate fabrics with exquisite embroidery and sequin work. A couple are wedding saris with wonderful end pieces with gold embroidery that I thought about cutting off an framing at some point.
Others are slightly more mundane.
Some are satin, some silk blends, some cotton, some are shot with gold thread (zari work).

Each is 5-6m in length

I am looking for ideas to use them. There is not enough material to make curtains from them. They are too delicate for say covering a sofa. And some too ornate to consider making clothes from them.

Hi Kai,
my first thought was ooo I'd love to have one... :D and/or that you could have sold them off, but I echo dmschnarr, and that you could also maybe make small gifts for friends or family, such as gift boxes or bags. Or patchwork items such as quilts or cushions or wallhangings that combine a mix of non sari and sari fabric, so that the pattern doesn't become overwhelming and are a bit more robust for the more delicate fabrics.

Hope that has helped with some ideas!
Karen

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10 years 6 months ago #405024 by Robinsons Folly?

kai;400761 wrote: I have contemplated cushion covers for one of the more robust ones. I would post some pics up of some of them, but the website keeps chucking an error when I try to add an attachment


I've found I get an error if the pics are too large. They do really need to be quite small. :)

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10 years 6 months ago #405073 by kai
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Robinsons Folly?;400781 wrote: I've found I get an error if the pics are too large. They do really need to be quite small. :)

I checked the size first, but I will will reduce them again and see

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10 years 6 months ago #405078 by kai
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It worked this time. These are some of the more ornate ones. The red one is the one I want to get framed. It is actually a fairly old wedding sari.
The orange and green one is dupion silk. The purple one is made from a very thin chiffon type material. I have others that are less ornate With say just a border.

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10 years 6 months ago #405080 by DiDi
They seem too precious to cut up. My first thought was pillow covers as well - maybe decorative ones on your beds.

No idea whether this thought is of interest but imagine doing a fashion show to raise money for a voluntary organisation. Might be worth approaching various places and asking them - needing of course their input with models etc. You may even be able to sell selected ones of them afterwards and donate say 15% back to the organisation. I did hear you didn't want to sell them but maybe some of them? :D

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10 years 6 months ago #405100 by kai
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Some I probably will sell as I really do have enough to fill the ottoman and most have only been tried on not worn much. I did wear that orange silk one recently and teamed it with a gold zari blouse top and loads of OTT jewelry when it was a "wear your bling" day at work.

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10 years 6 months ago #405107 by Robinsons Folly?

kai;400839 wrote: It worked this time. These are some of the more ornate ones. The red one is the one I want to get framed. It is actually a fairly old wedding sari.
The orange and green one is dupion silk. The purple one is made from a very thin chiffon type material. I have others that are less ornate With say just a border.

Kai, they are absolutely gorgeous. I can see why you wouldn't want to part with them....

I bet you looked stunning at your 'bling' work day... :D

I like the idea of the fashion show too! i'D come!

karen

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