There is a common fact that underlines the love for both gold and silk. It is these materials’ striking and unmatched sheen that makes them a favorite among all women. The insatiable thirst for the gloss that silk is famous for has prompted many to repurpose old silk sarees by remodeling them into shiny new outfits.
The struggle to determine ways to reuse those old silk sarees of your mother/grandmother is real. If you are also brainstorming, convert them into dresses that you can frequently wear on different occasions.
Old silk sarees come with heavy, intricate borders that make it difficult to wear them regularly. You can either redesign them into simple ethnic wear or choose a fusion look by completing the traditional look with a western ensemble.
To start with, you can adopt the hacks listed below to reuse your old silk sarees:
Combine new and old outfits:
An excellent way to bring back the grace and charm of the good old days and infuse it into new dresses. The process is simple: cut out the borders of the sarees and stitch them over new clothes giving them a new glossy look. You can do this with new sarees, suits, Kurti, and dupattas.
Redesigning into an Anarkali suit:
Turn your old silk saree into a beautiful floor-length Anarkali salwar suit. You can adopt this strategy with old Kanjeevaram sarees that you can convert into graceful Kurtas having the same shine and grace as seen on the silk used for their making. Not only do you get to flaunt the complete length of the saree, but bask in that unworldly, celestial look owing to the broad, shiny borders of the saree used.
Revamping them into a lehenga:
The idea to save money on buying designer lehengas by repurposing your old silk sarees often surprises people. But the fact is, fashionistas today preserve the grace and bulk of the saree by redesigning it into a lehenga. The entire length of the saree is turned into a skirt, while the pallu gets remodeled into a heavily embroidered and bordered blouse that you can team up with a contrastingly colored dupatta.
Churn them into floor-length Kurtis:
Visualize yourself in a dress that combines the charm of a Kurti with the old-world grace of a silk saree cut, stitched and wrapped in various folds for that kingly floor-length Kurti design look. A floor-length Kurti allows you to use the entire saree and create with it a completely new look.
With the Kurti being this graceful, you need not worry about getting a matching dupatta to complete and complement your ethnic look. However, if you are inclined to glam up your appearance, you can choose from various accessories like bangles, earrings, or a stone-inlaid choker for that unmissable bold avatar.
Turning sarees into jackets:
Set the stage on fire with that silk jacket look. Imagine a glossy blue or grey saree refashioned into a beautiful, shiny jacket that you can pair up with an equally graceful top and lustrous full-length skirt that gives you a simplistic, fashionable look with a hint of an old-world tradition.
Graceful and trendy, most fashion designers decide to convert a silk saree into a knee-length jacket to exhibit the beauty of the full-length saree while also lending it a new look and meaning. Many women team up these jackets with big pearl necklaces and chunky colored earrings for that unique godly look not possible with other styles.
The motive behind these ideas is to continue wearing and flaunting the silk that you possess. While there are innumerable trousseaus or couture designs possible, people still prefer refashioning their old silk sarees. For example, you can stitch the border of an old silk saree onto another chiffon or cotton silk saree to give it a novel shiny look.
Gone are the days when women used to drape their sarees in boring conventional ways without considering the myriad stylish ways in which the embroideries and gold-plated borders can be highlighted. Today, you can always use your creative instinct to try out new looks with bland, old silk sarees.
Plain old cotton sarees get a new look when silk borders or Kundan, zardosi borders, etc., get stitched to them. Besides, some people also stitch two halves of different sarees and combine them into a fresh design with a completely different look and feel.