Our client sent in a saree that was an heirloom in her family. It was a rich green and orange Kanjeevaram(a type of silk weaving unique to the town of Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu) that had belonged to her mother over 30 years ago. As with all silk fabrics, this resplendent saree was also beginning to age and fray.
“I am very attached to this as it belonged to my mother and it is just one of the many rare, traditional sarees I have inherited but will never get a chance to wear. Today, I prefer to wear saree gowns to weddings and other special occasions, and I like to wear and follow the latest fashion trends. There aren’t any occasions to wear anything very traditional. But this Kanjeevaram is just so beautiful that I feel it’s a shame that it never gets displayed somehow. I can’t think of anything more ideal than upholstering a piece of furniture with it. I feel like that’s a beautiful way of remembering my mother and cherishing her beautiful sarees.”
She chose the Nizam
So we asked our eager client which of our Sihasn products she would like to have upholstered. Excited, she told us she wanted to have it stitched onto our Lounge chair, Nizam. So we gave her a couple of options:
• We could upholster the entire Lounge chair using the green blouse piece on the sides and the main orange wrap along the centre, and pair this with a cute Tabla(our circular storage ottoman) which we could upholster with the green pallu embroidered with gold zari
• We could upholster the entire Lounge chair and drape the green pallu such that it fell off the shoulder of the chair and looked like it had been draped on a person
She was intrigued by the second option and chose to go for it.
And so began our series of steps to upholster a delicate Kanjeevaram onto our Nizam
Step 1: The upholstery team measured the saree to ensure there was sufficient material to both upholster the chair as well as drape the palloo
Step 2: A lot of drawing and cutting followed to create a silhouette of the Nizam with the client’s saree
Step 3: The machine-stitching took place, which essentially made the saree like a fitting piece of attire itself
Step 4: Once the entire piece was perfectly and proportionately stitched, the upholstery team used a staple gun to keep the fabric in place, like they do with regular upholstery
Step 5: The pallu was pleated and ironed to make it ready for the Nizam and complete the upholstery process
Final: The pallu was draped to resemble a person or mannequin wearing a saree - a fine, fun and fidgety appendage to play with!
Her final personalised carrier of moments
“I am so thrilled with this piece and I plan to gift it to my brother! I can never think of what to gift him, but this is something comfy and with sentimental value. He is certain to love it!”
We can upholster a Sihasn product for you with your own saree.
First, we do an initial evaluation to check to see if the saree can be used in upholstering and once it has been approved, we ask you to courier your saree to us for upholstering. Fill our customised form here or call us at 9167016580.
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