Simply elegant! For that great bottle of wine deserving a one-of-a-kind presentation, these unique bags feature stunning vintage sari fabric in an array of beautiful colors and patterns. Complimentary color suede tie accents and cotton lining. Vintage fabric patterns and colors will vary, no two are exactly alike.
About $10 from Kismet. Fair Trade Member.
Louis Vuitton will be celebrating Diwali by collaborating with Rajeev Sethi to create special window installations that will include hand-painted trunks and limited edition dresses made from vintage saris.
Louis Vuitton was present at the opening gala dinner of the “Biennale des Antiquaires”, at the grand palais in Paris, in presence of chinese actress Gong Li and international super model Christy Turlington.
Christy Turlington wore an exclusive dress from the “Louis Vuitton & Diwali” collection, a pair of sandals and a Louis Vuitton and Sofia Coppola slim clutch.
In order to create beautiful window displays for Diwali, Vuitton is working with Indian designer Rajeev Sethi. These windows will showcase hand-painted paper trunks glowing from within. Special items will include limited edition dresses made of vintage sari fabrics.
Sustainable easy water filtering using saree
For most Asians, Saree is just another dress but it is also a fashion statement for the celebrites. For women in Bangladesh, the 5-meter cloth may prove to be critical in fighting communicable diseases and saving invaluable lives. The cheaper cotton saree has enabled them to get rid of contagious diseases such as cholera, according to a team of US researchers. Women in Bangladesh who wear saris are literally wearing the answer to better health for themselves and their families, U.S. researchers said.
One of the researchers, Rita Colwell of the University of Maryland in College Park, said women who use a sari to filter household water protect their households from cholera — and even protect neighbors who don’t filter their water. The field trial was done in Matlab and total of 7,233 village women collecting water daily for their households in Bangladesh were selected from the same study population of the original field trial for interviewing. Analysis of the data showed that 31% of the women used a filter of which 60% used sari filters for household water. Results showed that sari filtration not only was accepted and sustained by the villagers and benefited them, including their neighbors not filtering water, in reducing the incidence of cholera, the latter being an unexpected benefit.
In 2003, Colwell and colleagues showed that teaching village women to filter water through folded cotton sari cloth reduced the incidence of cholera by 48 percent. The follow-up study conducted five years later showed 31 percent of the village women continued to filter water for their households, with both an expected and an unexpected benefit,” Colwell said in a statement.
More than 7,000 village women in Bangladesh were selected from the same population used in the previous study. Five years later, 31 percent continued to filter their water. Twenty-six percent of the control group, women not instructed to get any training in the first study, now filter their water.
In addition, households that did not filter their water with saris, but were located where water filtration was regularly practiced by others also had a lower incidence of cholera, Colwell says.
The findings are published in the inaugural issue of mBio, an online, open-access journal.
Sari, by Sital Haria and Sam Cook, was started in 2002 and is a unique fusion of charity and high-end fashion. The idea is to re-use discarded saree to produce chic clothing. The project has expanded and now offers other items such as jackets, lamp shades, and hand bags, all made from old sarees. 10% of Sari’s profits go towards helping underprivileged children.
A light quilted jacket made from recycled sarees – $285 roughly
Sari lamp shade – about $72
A funky hand bag – $400
While I think the concept of Sari is fabulous (using old sarees to create pieces of art and helping needy children) these items are obviously not meant to be bought by the average person. That handbag is pretty outrageous and could only be pulled off in a few circumstances. For $400, it’s quite a novelty. Regardless the idea behind the project is unique, resourceful, and creative.
You can learn more about Sari at the site www.saricouture.com
Kantha stitching, which is essentially a simple straight stitch, is a tradition typically Bengali. This sewing method simply involves running the needle and thread in a straight line, in one side out the other along the length of the material.
Traditionally this type of stitching was used to make simple quilts, blankets, and throws from old sarees. When a saree would get too worn, torn, burn, etc., it would be paired together with a few other old sarees and they would be sewn together using the kantha stitch. Today, many Indian women still reuse their old sarees in this way. It is a simple, creative, and economic way to make something useful and beautiful from something that would otherwise be throw away.
A kantha blanket from SariBari
Kantha stitching is also used as a decorative embroidery in sarees and other Indian apparel. This use of kantha is purely artful and for aesthetic appeal. It can be quite intricate, and as the work is traditionally done by hand, can take quite a long time to do.
An example of kantha sarees
These days kantha handi-work also tends to be a curiosity for tourists and Westerners wishing to have a piece of Indian culture in their own homes. A number of development organizations in India are taking advantage of this demand and are making kantha products to sell abroad like blankets and handbags. SariBari (www.saribari.com) an NGO here in Kolkata where I previously volunteered, does just this. The blankets and bags they make sell like hotcakes abroad and for western prices, which means the women who are making the products get a decent salary to improve their standard of living.
Taking an old discarded saree and transforming it into a work of art is quite a novel concept. It goes to show that the saree can stand the test of time and can be beautiful in whatever way it is used.