10 amazing ways to reuse your old silk sarees

10 amazing ways to reuse your old silk sarees

Have a tonne of old silk sarees you are wondering what to do about? Here are some great tips on how to repurpose them into shiny new outfits

All of us have a bunch of old silk sarees that belong to our mums or grandmothers that unfortunately haven't been touched for years. Not because they are made from handwork that is no longer available in the market, but mostly because that handiwork makes it so heavy that it's almost unusable for regular wear.

So the best way to use these old silk sarees is to repurpose them into something that can be worn easily and multiple times. In fact, three years back, to prepare my own wedding trousseau, I picked up some of my mother's old silk sarees and repurposed them into western and fusion wear. I wear of them because they are comfortable and just right for my liking.

So these are few of the things that I myself have made out of old silk sarees and something you can also easily do.

#1 Reuse the borders on new outfits


Maharashtrian nose pin .....so special! #revivalofpaithani #makeinindia

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This is a great way to retain old world charm and fuse it with the new. You can cut the borders from the sarees that can no longer be used and stitch them over a new outfit. You can add them to new sarees or suits or even long kurtis and  dupattas.   

#2 Turn into anarkalis


#RaveenaTondon in #Gaurang's outfit from #Vaya Mumbai for the festive season. #gaurangshah #shahgaurang @surina92

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This is one of my favourite things to do with an old silk saree and it's also something that I have personally tried with three of my mother's old pieces. Of course, the way you design an anarkali depends entirely on your personal choice.

But we would suggest that a floor length anarkali would be perfect if you are repurposing an old silk saree. That way you can flaunt the entire design and those big borders to make it all look ethereal.

We quite liked what Gaurang Shah's design and the way Raveena Tandon is carrying it off, but if you not a fan of all solids, we have some more beautiful options you can try.

Another fantastic option!


@sonamkapoor in #Gaurang's matka anarkali with a #kanjeevaram dupatta. #sonamkapoor #gaurangshah #neeraja #handwoven

A photo posted by Gaurang Shah (@shahgaurang) on

Continue reading to see what more you can do with your old silk sarees.

#3 Turn them into lehenga


Just in from a client! Kavya in our traditional Kanchi pavda (lehenga). #gaurang #lehenga #kanchi #kanjeevaram

A photo posted by Gaurang Shah (@shahgaurang) on

Instead of investing a whole lot of money on designer lehengas, why not repurpose your mother's old silk saree? You can be as creative as you like when it comes to this outfit. You can either use the pallu of the saree as the dupatta and make a new skirt and blouse or use the entire saree as the skirt and the pallu as its blouse and team it with a new dupatta

#4 Turn it into dupatta


#Dupatta wall in our #Delhi store. #GaurangShah #Gaurang

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This is one the easiest ways to repurpose an old silk saree. All you have to do is use the pallu or the middle part of the saree as a dupatta. You could also cut the borders of the saree and add them to a new dupatta. Another way to repurpose the saree is to make a scarf. This is in case the saree is not in a usable state and you still want to use it somehow.


Our client Bhargavi Kanum is #kanjeevaram dupatta and khadi outfit. #gaurang #gaurangshah @bhargavikunam

A photo posted by Gaurang Shah (@shahgaurang) on

Just remember that since the old silk saree will be heavy in look and rich in colour, team it up with a subtle suit so that one can notice the beauty of the saree. This is how you can team up a dupatta made from a saree (in pic). 

#5 Turn them into floor length kurtis

What a stunning way to display the entire saree without having to destroy or throw away any part. A floor length kurti gives you the opportunity to be super creative with the saree.

With this kind of kurti you do not need a dupatta or anything to cover it up. Just simple accessories to accentuate the kurti should be enough. Look at how actress Chitrangda Singh is carrying off this silk kurti. Just splendid!

Continue reading to see what more you can do with your old silk sarees.

#6 Turn them into dresses

If you are not very much into traditional clothes but still have a soft spot for your mother's old silk saree, this is the way for you. Use the saree material as the base of a dress and create any design that you so desire.

Skater and short length dresses would be best because you don't want a western outfit to look very traditional. 

#7 Turn them into skirts

Using the saree to make a skirt is also a great way to retain your mum's prized possession and make it super wearable. You can either use the skirt to team it up with a quirky western top or you can do a fusion akin Alia Bhatt and make it look trendy.


@sonamkapoor today at comedy nights in @ekayabanaras earrings by @dhora_india and ring by @apala_by_sumit

A photo posted by Rhea Kapoor (@rheakapoor) on

The way you turn a saree into a skirt is entirely yours, but here are two options we really liked. 

#8 Turn them into jackets


@sonamkapoor attends Umang tonight in @payalkhandwala and @apala_by_sumit #prettyhappy

A photo posted by Rhea Kapoor (@rheakapoor) on

This is again something that I personally did to a powder blue banarasi saree. This is a great option for those who like it simple yet trendy but with a hint of tradition. Look at how Sonam Kapoor is carrying it off and she looks anything but graceful and trendy.

You can team this jacket with nice chunky earrings that could either be traditional or even modern.

Continue reading to see what more you can do with your old silk sarees.

#9 Turn them into palazzos


McCain Snack Party !????????#fries#yummysnacks#superrecipies#delhi

A photo posted by KK (@therealkarismakapoor) on

Just like you will turn your mum old silk saree into a skirt, you can turn them into palazzos. They are currently in fashion so this it right time to create some haute palazzos! You can team them with noodle strap crop tops or even with long kurtis.

Not only are they comfortable, but they also add an extra oomph factor to your outfit!

#10 Turn them into accessories


Something very exciting coming up! #khadi #jamdani #shoes #gaurangshah #Gaurang

A photo posted by Gaurang Shah (@shahgaurang) on

As they say, last but not the least. You can use the old silk saree to turn them into accessories like shoes or jewellery or even purses. We personally loved how designer Gaurang Shah has used the cloth material on a shoe to make it look vintage and classic.

If you are fond of DIY, jewellery could be the easiest you can work with along with purses that you can also design at home.

Read: 7 super cool ways to recycle your wedding lehenga

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Deepshikha Punj

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