Old is Gold: 5 Ways to Reuse Heirloom Sarees
Varun Gandhi’s bride Yamini Roy wore a beautiful heirloom creation for
her wedding. Her mum-in-law Maneka Gandhi wore a gulabi khadi saree,
which was handwoven by late Jawaharlal Nehru. It’s a special feeling
when you wear the family’s most sentimental sarees on special
occasions. While revivalist designers are gaining popularity, some
brides like the Do-It-Yourself approach in figuring out how to add a
contemporary touch to priceless memories. Bridal Designer/Stylist
Soojata Kothari tells you how you can reinvent the Patolas or
Paithanis, Ashavallis or Ikats, Benarasis or Kanjeevarams in 5 new
“Most heirloom sarees are heavy, and you can wear it as it is, pair it
with something more contemporary and flowy or use parts of it as home
or fashion accessories. When clients come to me with their heirloom
sarees, sometimes the whole saree is perfect, or usually the border is
perfect and saree stained, or the centre is fine, and the borders
worn-out. So my recommendations depend on the condition of the border
or the saree”
1. Colourful & Contemporary Ensemble
If the saree is in perfect condition, pick a crushed silk flowy
lehenga, and drape the colourful stiff saree like a dupatta or odhni.
Team it with a halter or full-sleeve blouse depending on your body
shape, and you have a colourful & contemporary ensemble.
2. Classic Sherwani
If only the border is fine, use it alongwith parts of the saree to
create a Sherwani. Wear it with a churidar, and plain crushed silk or
net dupatta (chiffon and georgette would be mismatched with heavy
sarees) for a classic look.
3. Fun Jholas.
If you have limited fabric, make a Jhola bag. Team it with a trendy
silk kurta and your mom’s jewellery for a fun look.
4. Big & Beautiful Batwas.
Again if you have less fabric create a big & beautiful batwa to wear
with your lehenga choli. You can even use the fabric to make
comfortable mojris. And if you’re wondering which designer will make
mojris and batwas with your family’s old fabrics, here’s my advice.
Don’t waste time going to big designers or stores. There are many
small shoe/ bag shops in places like Linking Road who are highly
versatile and more creative than anyone else.
5. Style your Home
Make those heirlooms a part of your Home. Frame them on your wall or
use the soft-feel sarees as bed spreads. Or use parts of the fabric as
If you’d like Soojata Kothari’s help with wedding shopping or briefing
stores/ shops on how to best use your priceless fabrics, call her on
9820072979. Soojata’s Personal Shopping services are priced at Rs
5,000 plus depending on the number of hours you spend/ places you