New Delhi: Actress Raveena Tandon wore her mother's wedding sari on her marriage; Sania Mirza too adorned her mom’s red bridal sari on her D-day. And lot many other celebrities prefer wearing their mom’s saree on their wedding instead of going for a new one.

Well, they may be doing so because of sentimental reasons.

But, there are more aspects to this trend than just the attachment of a tinge of nostalgia. Other than the ‘feel good factor’, recycling an old saree or an attire for your wedding day can not only save you a huge budget, but it can also give you a unique look and with a little bit of recycling it can fetch you oodles of compliment and make you retain the memories all through your life.

So it might be wise to dig out your mother's fabulous wedding sari from the trunk and restyle it for your own marriage instead of splurging thousands of rupees on a new one, say fashion experts.

Saroj Bala, a professor, and Tripti Guha, an associate professor, at the Pearl Academy of Fashion have found in their survey that most people keep their wedding trousseau locked away in the closet for emotional reasons or the 'feel good factor'.

“It is also right to say that the huge investment for wedding wear seems to be unjustified as its one time wear. According to the survey, 36 percent brides wore their wedding trousseau just once, 44 percent wore it two-four times and 17 percent wore it five-seven times, while two percent wore it 8-10 times, and only one percent wore it more than 10 times,” said Bala.


How to recycle the precious ensemble?

"Young women can use the dupatta with another attire or the blouse can be teamed up with a new lehenga or sari. For a touch of glamour, one can do an unusual mixing of colour combinations like red and green or green and gold. Layering is another way of making it more glamorous," said Modi.

Monika of designer duo Kapil and Monika said, 'One can recycle by using zari borders from the old kanjivaram and silk saris along with the motifs that can be extracted and used on new fabrics of today to give it a new revamped look.'

"One can add more embellishments to the heirloom - they can go for broad borders or can use tie and die fabrics to make it more trendy. Also sequence work can jazz it up".

The blouses, in olden days, were mostly with tight sleeves and a decorative neckline. Dupattas and saris used to have heavy zari embroidery, but times have changed.

"We can style it in more glamorous ways by giving the blouse a better fit, recycle the borders as neck bands for blouses. Also deep backs or stylish sleeves can work wonders. Sweetheart neckline or halter necks are the most in vogue," said Preeti.

Kolkata-based designer Dev R. Nil said: "One can wear sari with single strap blouses and if possible team it up with tights. For lehengas, a colourful chunni with modern and trendy designs will work. You can also wear a jacket over the lehenga".

Designer Meera Gupta says recycled trousseau can easily be teamed up with modern jewellery, a mix of both traditional and contemporary designs.

"Diamond polki with stone is the latest and stylish jewellery which can be matched perfectly with this trousseau. Add very long latkans, waistbands and bajubands and it can give a whole new glamorous look," said accessory designer Meera Gupta.

So if you are planning to get married, it may be time to peep into your mom's cupboard.

(Agencies)