I have always loved wearing sarees but I started working towards bringing the saree back when I wrote the article on the 100 Day Saree Pact last year. I found myself wearing sarees and handloom more and more, especially after my mom passed away. I don’t even know if there is any connection (she had stopped wearing sarees as she grew older) but maybe it’s my way of holding on to my roots and memories. And, however insignificant it might be, I decided to work towards promoting it in my own small way through my blog and Instagram.
While I have made it a point to wear all the sarees that I have ever owned and have acquired from my mom, there are some which can’t be worn anymore. Some don’t fall well, some are torn here and there but I don’t have the heart to part with them. Yet, I know it’s such a shame if beautiful and rich fabric goes to waste. So, finally, I did pick up the courage to convert some of them into various outfits that I could wear at my cousin’s wedding. And I’m so glad that I did. It saved me from buying something I might not have wanted to wear again but more importantly it made me extremely happy that I was carrying memories to the wedding with each outfit. It was my way of salvaging memories. And the fact that I didn’t add more to the carbon footprint.
I will leave you with lots of pictures 🙂
Outfit 1 – The yellow Angrakha dress is made from a really old Taant saree which wouldn’t sit well on me and looked a bit worn out. However, as a dress, it turned out to be very festive, something that can be worn during a puja or even for a Diwali party (clearly I have been in Delhi for too long now!).
Outfit 2 – The maroon crop top and skirt is made from a 12 year old saree which looked like a curtain on me but looked very classy as skirt and top combination.
Outfit 3 – The purple one was my mom’s Sambhalpuri silk saree which had some marks in places which I couldn’t get rid of. The border and palla of the saree was used to make the chines collar top. The border was also used to make another short top and palla for a jacket. I forgot to carry the jacket while shooting so the pictures are missing but I will share it with my next such article.
PS – Part 1 because I’m planning to continue this series 🙂
All the pictures were clicked on the new Panasonic Lumix GH5.