#Repost from this time last year 💙
I often get asked how it is that I store my three or four decade old Sarees, because they look almost brand new when worn.
Actually the answer partially lies in the question itself.
I don't really 'store' my Sarees, in the way most people would. This Indigo and Sky Blue Kanjivaram Silk is over 40 years old, but I've worn it at least 3 times in the last one year. It's rare for my Kanjivarams and Benares Silks to sit in my sandalwood chest for more than a year without being draped, as opposed to most people's 'grand' Sarees that don't get worn for years.
'Grand' is also the problem half the time, as you know I'm fond of saying that if you only buy grand Sarees, you'll end up feeling that you can only wear them, to grand occasions.
The thought of wearing a Kanjivaram to work might confound most, but I happen to think that my #sareeoftheday is perfectly understated and corporate. But do you consider re-wearability (made up word!) at the point of purchase?
So really, it is YOU that controls the longevity of a Saree. If you're the sort that needs to buy a new Saree for every single new occasion, then it's likely to be years before there rises an opportunity to wear an old Saree.
I'm going to go out on a limb and say, that if you feel the need to buy a new Saree for every event you attend, then you're probably not the sort to value the older Sarees anyway 😜
I could be wrong, it IS a sweeping generalisation. But is it really that difficult to repeat Sarees? Even if you've been photographed and (shock-horror) immortalised on Instagram with that #ootd?
Sarees are not like unique stamps that need to be collected. Sarees have to be WORN.
If you want a Saree to last for decades, SPEND decades with it. Admire it and flaunt it. Don't lock it away then pull it out after 5 years and groan at how it's falling apart.
It died because you neglected it 😐
A Saree, to me, is a living, breathing entity. Its fibres yearn to be touched and gently handled, it deserves protection with falls and the edges sewn in. A Saree wants to absorb your energy and your memories and store them in its weave.
So why would you deny it the pleasure of your company?