Saree Recycle – How to Reuse your Old Silk Sarees

by Shatika, December 7, 2016

In India pretty much like other precious assets, legendary silk sarees like the Banarasi Brocade or a Kanjeevaram or even a Mysore silk are a legacy which are passed on from one generation to another. An exhibit of rare artistry that use real zari threads along with the sentiments attached, though they become too old to be used, they are too precious to be given away. And since they are comfortably sitting in your closet for many years now, may be it’s time they come out of the dark dingy wardrobes and see the light of the day in a revamped avatar where they are more visible and usable while they make room for the new entrants. Here’s how:

Revamp as new sarees:

Since the traditional silk sarees come so expensive that every time investing in the complete six yards for an occasion can cost a bomb. One of the most innovative ways to reuse them is to revamp them. Sky is the limit to creativity in this area. The current fashionist as prefer changing traditional brocade borders of traditional Banarasi Brocade sarees or a Kanjeevaram silk saree or even a Gadwal silk saree with fancy patch work borders done in heavy work Kundan and zardozi. Plain silk sarees like the Mysore silks are adorned with heavy embroidery work or even traditional block prints. The other thing that is very popular today is a half and half where two old sarees of contrasting colors are attached to make a trendy half and half saree.

Silk Lehengas or South Indian Half Sarees:

Silk Lehengas are the best ways to use the maximum of your traditional silk saree while giving you a complete new look. Usually the silk sarees from north like Banarasi silks or Bandhani silks or even the Chanderi silks make for a good looking Lehenga as they get adorned with gota patti work, sequins, stone work etc to make them jazzy and trendy looking. As far as the south silk sarees like the Gadwal silk or the Bangalore silk go, they are best suited for half sarees, the traditional south Indian wear. These do not require any additional embellishment too.


Anarkalis and Silk Kurtis:

Since floor length Anarkalis need a lot of fabric for the resplendent flare that it is known for, what better that a gorgeous and rich silk saree like a kanjeevaram silk to get the perfect look. Kurtis are another great way to not just use these silk sarees but a perfect medium to unleash your creativity. Adding stylish brocade buttons or lace borders, one can do a lot with silk sarees of various weaves while making fashionable and good looking kurtis.


Long Skirts:

The easiest way to revive old sarees while still retaining their charm and beauty is by making long flary skirts with them. Infact long skirts made out of Kanjeevaram silk sarees or any other hand woven silk sarees like Chanderi or Banarasi are a rage now. Club it with tan tops or spaghetti tops for that perfect indo-western look without having to spend a fortune!

Dupattas and Stoles:

One can make smart looking vibrant Dupattas and stoles using silk sarees that can be teamed up with simple and plain kurtas and leggings for that perfect look. Kantha work sarees, Kalamkari sarees or Chikankari sarees are perfectly suited for this.



Not just personal apparels but home apparels and accessories made from silk sarees too are in vogue these days. Curtains, cushion covers, table mats, handbags, diary covers, laptop and mobile cases .etc, the list is endless.


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