Wondering what to do with that precious Banarasi saree handed down to you by your mother and grandmother? They are so exquisite, but there are hardly any occasions to wear them. Don’t worry. Read on to know what you can do with these gorgeous Banarasi sarees to make them more wearable. These family heirlooms can be re-purposed in several ways. Get ready to make some closet space, ladies.
Here are 12 ways in which you can re-purpose a Banarasi saree.
1. Design a dress
Turn your Banarasi silk saree into a dress for a modern and ethnic look. Mix and match two old sarees for a whole new creation but make sure they complement each other. You can make a skater dress, a formal gown, or a cocktail dress.
2. Sizzle in a skirt
Take inspiration from Alia Bhatt and rock a long, Banarasi skirt. The fabric will add a beautiful flair to the outfit. You can wear this for weddings or formal parties.
3. Make it a lehenga
Turn your old sarees into a long and gorgeous lehenga. Since the length of a saree is about six to seven yards, you can easily fashion a flowy lehenga out of it. Perfect for winter weddings.
4. Design an evergreen kurta
Kurtas are a closet staple for each one of us. Transform your beautiful Banarasi saree into a fancy, long kurta for special occasions or a simple short kurti for everyday wear.
5. Pretty in pants
Old Banarasi sarees are perfect for making palazzo pants or cigarette pants. The Banarasi fabric ensures that these pants become the highlight of your outfit.
6. Fashion an elegant stole or dupatta
You can easily turn your sarees that aren’t in good shape into stoles, scarves and dupattas to make your outfit complete. Learn this cool way of storing your dupattas that won’t take up too much space in your closet.
7. Make a top that can also become a blouse
You can fashion a Banarasi top from a heavily embroidered saree that can double up as a blouse too. Wear this with jeans or a plain saree, and it will amp up your fashion game tremendously.
8. The DIY gift wrap
Ditch the regular gift wrappers, and add a personal touch to your gift by wrapping it in a piece of an old saree. You may not want to do this if you’re emotionally attached to the saree. But this is a great option for sarees that are damaged and not wearable at all.
9. The perfect potli
Add a fun element to your ethnic look by carrying a cute Banarasi silk potli.
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10. The ultimate home decor dream
Use your beautiful sarees to decorate your home by fashioning curtains, pillow covers, bed linen, table covers and any other home decor material that would add an instant pop of colour to your interiors.Courtesy: Funandfoodcafe
11. Stitch a sleeveless jacket
Make a gorgeous jacket for yourself out of an old saree to go with plain kurtis, and add a touch of elegance to the outfit.
12. Sew a laptop sleeve
Handcraft a fluffy and soft cover from a discarded saree to keep your laptop or your cellphone safe.