A sari is a garment consisting of a length of cotton or silk elaborately draped around the body, traditionally worn by women from South Asia. Saris are so beautiful with vibrant and intricate details. Most often, they are not cheap, so having ways to re-use these saris is fantastic. When I think of my own closet, I know I have about a dozen Pakistani outfits that are made with silk, but quite honestly, I’ve worn the outfits enough that I no longer want them a part of my wardrobe. Yet, they are way too lovely (and expensive!) to throw away… so I have not been able to part ways with them. After some enlightening research, I have become awakened to the endless possibilities of re-using these phenomenal saris and outfits. I am so glad people have found a wonderful use for these “old” saris. (The fact that this is eco-friendly, makes it all the better!)
A company in Ft. Lauderdale company called GreenSewn, recycles and creates green spaces. How you ask? Well they recycle old vintage saris and turn them into one-of-a-kind scarves and wraps. Pretty cool right? That’s exactly what I thought! Greensewn recently announced they have planted 12,000 trees as a result of sales. Honestly, that speaks volumes to sustainability and eco-friendly!
With a little bit of imagination and thought, these practices can become more and more prevalent. When I think of my growing children and their future children and generations that will follow, I think of this recycling and re-using of materials as an effective way to cultivate our earth and keep it clean and healthy! The future can be bright, and is bright!
How did it start?
GreenSewn was started by a 25 year shoe veteran named Dan Shir. He was based in Ft. Lauderdale Florida. He had a desire and a need to produce something more green and meaningful. Dan and his agent of a very long time, in India, started GreenSewn. Production is done in their workshop close to New Delhi. They use locally sourced, hand selected vintage saris. From these old gems, they create these glorious vintage sari scarves that GreenSewn says are luxurious, authentic, ultra limited edition and these are both sexy and sustainable. I say “yay for sexy and sustainable!”
Benefits of Sustainable Saris
What are some benefits of buying and wearing sustainable saris you ask? Well, it’s a good question, and one I have asked myself as well. I mean, anything sustainable is good right? Right! Let’s look a little closer at some of the awesome benefits:
Filtration of Water: Simple sari cloth filtration of water is sustainable and continues to protect villagers from cholera in Matlab, Bangladesh. A simple method for filtering water to reduce the incidence of cholera was tested in a field trial in Matlab, Bangladesh, and proved effective. A follow-up study was conducted 5 years later to determine whether the filtration method continued to be employed by villagers and its impact on the incidence of cholera. A 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.
A staggering 50,000 silk worms are boiled to death to make one sari. That is a huge number and did not sit well with me. Surely, something can be done to prevent these poor creatures from dying! Well there is! Ahimsa Silks. They have found a method to make silk without killing the worms. Ahimsa is the Hindi word for Non-Violence. In the Ahimsa Silk method, the silkworm is not boiled. When the silkworm has completed metamorphosis, it pierces through the cocoon with its mouth and is allowed to fly away. The cocoon left behind is then used to make silk yarn. It is clear to see that this process does not involve killing of the larva so it is environmentally friendly!
Vintage fabrics are a great source of recycling the fabric for multipurpose uses such as for making stylish cushion covers, pillow covers, skirts, dresses, bed sheets, curtains, table cloth, door valance, quilt and many more items from sari fabric this will help you to enhance your creativity skills and also make your home look so different and stylish.
I know I have learnt a lot of great uses for saris now, I just have to start telling all my friends and family about this. I mean, what good is this information to me if I just keep it to myself?The good news for me is that I can now think of a lot of positive things my saris can be turned into. The possibilities are indeed endless…not to mention so good for our environment!