Something nice from Ritu Beri. The dress is transformed from a saree to something contemporary!
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Nirali Magazine has an interesting article about Saree Yarn:
Ever since my grandma taught me how to knit a few years ago, I’ve been addicted. After a long day calculating and analyzing and bs-ing at work, there is nothing more therapeutic than turning my mind off for a few minutes and letting my hands do the work on some gorgeous, soft yarn. And now that knitting is enjoying a resurgence among the cool, artsy folk, there is no need to hide my passion in Nana’s closet any longer. In fact, I recently came across some funky Nepalese Sari Yarn in a knitting store in my downtown neighborhood.
This fair-trade yarn is recycled from remnants of Indian silk saris and spun into yarn by economically disadvantaged women in Nepal. The women hand mix silk thrums (the fringe of threads left on the loom once the cloth has been cut off) and then spin it into yarn. The different colours and textures make it perfect for chunky scarves, sweaters, even socks.
This yarn is a byproduct of the colourful saris manufactured in India. The ends trimmed from the looms are collected and sent to Nepal to be spun by village women into this colourful yarn. The waste is hand spun on the Charkha Wheel which produces a spun single yarn.
Here is a sock made of saree yarn;
Nice colorful and warm
The tradition of stitching “Kanthas” started in Bengal. The word Kantha means an embroidered quilt. The earliest kanthas were handstiched for new born babies, by their grandmothers, using several layers of soft, cotton fabric from well worn saris.
More recently, kantha embroidery has been elevated to an art form, and the meticulous, painstaking embroidery is now used to adorn saris.
Look closely and the intertwined mesh of colors reveals many objects in the picture. Can you find these? A swath of sari, a glass jug, crinkled plastic, a stack of churis and a yellow mesh bag with a gold ornament.
Red Sari: 2001 – An Oil painting by Janet Fish
I wanted to do something that was ‘double-breasted’ without actually being so. Of course, I was also doing the Kimono thing.
This is the result.
1 Pink/Salmon Art-Silk Sari – Rayon of a very nice quality (6 yards)
6 yards of poly/cotton blend for the lining
Time: About 8 hours
Zari borders make for a nice gold accent
Long Belt to make a contrasting obi bow
Sleeves attached with opening under the arm, so you don’t have to wear the sleeve and can move it out of the way when needed
Pleated on the shoulders for extra room
One size really does fit most