Sumana Bhattacharya

Saree Trivia: How to Save Zari & Embroidered Sarees?

We know how much you love your sarees. It is the additional grace for any occasion. And I know how big is the emotional journey of a saree purchase for all the saree lovers out there. Saree weaving is the art woven by weavers and appreciated by a wearer. When a woman purchases a saree, she invests her thoughts in it and wants to keep that saree for a life long.We know that a saree passes down from one generation to another, hence it needs special care. To keep your sarees fresh and beautiful, you need to give them special treatment a bit more than other garments.Do you know it is important to keep checking your sarees every three months? If you don't do so, then you find it difficult to maintain your sarees. Out of all types, maintaining embroidered or zari is the most difficult of all tasks. Maintaining a zari can be a tricky task, but no need to worry I have some of the right ideas to save your zari and special embroidered sarees any time.

How to save your zari or embroidered sarees?

Let’s find out how can you save your zari/embroidered sarees from getting destroyed:- 

Ebony Black Color Bangalore Silk Saree with Kantha Embroidery
Ebony Black Color Bangalore Silk Saree with Kantha Embroidery
Ebony Black Color Bangalore Silk Saree with Kantha Embroidery
Ebony Black Color Bangalore Silk Saree with Kantha Embroidery
Ebony Black Color Bangalore Silk Saree with Kantha Embroidery
Ebony Black Color Bangalore Silk Saree with Kantha Embroidery
Ebony Black Color Bangalore Silk Saree with Kantha Embroidery
Ebony Black Color Bangalore Silk Saree with Kantha Embroidery
Ebony Black Color Bangalore Silk Saree with Kantha Embroidery

Ebony Black Color Bangalore Silk Saree with Kantha Embroidery

$219.00 USD
Aegean Black Color Pure Bangalore Silk with Gujrati Stitch
Aegean Black Color Pure Bangalore Silk with Gujrati Stitch
Aegean Black Color Pure Bangalore Silk with Gujrati Stitch
Aegean Black Color Pure Bangalore Silk with Gujrati Stitch
Aegean Black Color Pure Bangalore Silk with Gujrati Stitch
Aegean Black Color Pure Bangalore Silk with Gujrati Stitch
Aegean Black Color Pure Bangalore Silk with Gujrati Stitch
Aegean Black Color Pure Bangalore Silk with Gujrati Stitch
Aegean Black Color Pure Bangalore Silk with Gujrati Stitch

Aegean Black Color Pure Bangalore Silk with Gujrati Stitch

$219.00 USD
Natural Tussar Color Gachi Tussar with Hand Kantha Stitch Embroidery
Natural Tussar Color Gachi Tussar with Hand Kantha Stitch Embroidery
Natural Tussar Color Gachi Tussar with Hand Kantha Stitch Embroidery
Natural Tussar Color Gachi Tussar with Hand Kantha Stitch Embroidery
Natural Tussar Color Gachi Tussar with Hand Kantha Stitch Embroidery
Natural Tussar Color Gachi Tussar with Hand Kantha Stitch Embroidery
Natural Tussar Color Gachi Tussar with Hand Kantha Stitch Embroidery
Natural Tussar Color Gachi Tussar with Hand Kantha Stitch Embroidery

Natural Tussar Color Gachi Tussar with Hand Kantha Stitch Embroidery

$219.00 USD
Endeavour Blue Color Pure Bangalore Silk Saree with Kantha Stitch
Endeavour Blue Color Pure Bangalore Silk Saree with Kantha Stitch
Endeavour Blue Color Pure Bangalore Silk Saree with Kantha Stitch
Endeavour Blue Color Pure Bangalore Silk Saree with Kantha Stitch
Endeavour Blue Color Pure Bangalore Silk Saree with Kantha Stitch
Endeavour Blue Color Pure Bangalore Silk Saree with Kantha Stitch
Endeavour Blue Color Pure Bangalore Silk Saree with Kantha Stitch
Endeavour Blue Color Pure Bangalore Silk Saree with Kantha Stitch
Endeavour Blue Color Pure Bangalore Silk Saree with Kantha Stitch

Endeavour Blue Color Pure Bangalore Silk Saree with Kantha Stitch

$219.00 USD

Place each zari/embroidered saree separately in a pure mulmul wrap around 

Wrap your precious zari or embroidered sarees in a pure mulmul wrap around and store them separately to maintain their longevity. Pure mulmul wrap around keeps your sarees away from dust & humidity and allows sarees to breathe. 

Zari/embroidered sarees need to be folded in a way in which embroidered side comes inside

For sarees with heavy zari/embroidered work, it is advised to fold the embellished side inwards in order to maintain its luster and also prevent any snag or tear.

Never hang your zari/embroidered saree

Do not hang your zari/embroidered sarees. This may cause the zari or embroidery to break, stretch and tear the fabric.

Eggplant Color Pure Katan Banarasi Saree
Eggplant Color Pure Katan Banarasi Saree
Eggplant Color Pure Katan Banarasi Saree
Eggplant Color Pure Katan Banarasi Saree
Eggplant Color Pure Katan Banarasi Saree
Eggplant Color Pure Katan Banarasi Saree
Eggplant Color Pure Katan Banarasi Saree
Eggplant Color Pure Katan Banarasi Saree

Eggplant Color Pure Katan Banarasi Saree

$319.00 USD
Shiraz Color Kora Organza Banarasi Saree
Shiraz Color Kora Organza Banarasi Saree
Shiraz Color Kora Organza Banarasi Saree
Shiraz Color Kora Organza Banarasi Saree
Shiraz Color Kora Organza Banarasi Saree
Shiraz Color Kora Organza Banarasi Saree

Shiraz Color Kora Organza Banarasi Saree

$295.00 USD
Chocolate Wine Color Pure Katan Banarasi with Meenakari Work
Chocolate Wine Color Pure Katan Banarasi with Meenakari Work
Chocolate Wine Color Pure Katan Banarasi with Meenakari Work
Chocolate Wine Color Pure Katan Banarasi with Meenakari Work
Chocolate Wine Color Pure Katan Banarasi with Meenakari Work
Chocolate Wine Color Pure Katan Banarasi with Meenakari Work
Chocolate Wine Color Pure Katan Banarasi with Meenakari Work
Chocolate Wine Color Pure Katan Banarasi with Meenakari Work
Chocolate Wine Color Pure Katan Banarasi with Meenakari Work

Chocolate Wine Color Pure Katan Banarasi with Meenakari Work

$235.00 USD
Deep Purple Color Pure Organza Banarasi Saree
Deep Purple Color Pure Organza Banarasi Saree
Deep Purple Color Pure Organza Banarasi Saree
Deep Purple Color Pure Organza Banarasi Saree
Deep Purple Color Pure Organza Banarasi Saree
Deep Purple Color Pure Organza Banarasi Saree
Deep Purple Color Pure Organza Banarasi Saree
Deep Purple Color Pure Organza Banarasi Saree

Deep Purple Color Pure Organza Banarasi Saree

$295.00 USD

Place your zari/embroidered saree in a cool & dark place

Cover your zari or embroidered sarees in pure mulmul wraps and store them in a cool & dark place to keep them away from fading or discoloring.

Do dry clean the saree for the first wash

Do give for dry cleaning for the first wash. It is even better if you can give the zari worked fabric for a dry wash at least in the first three times. 

Night Rider Black Color Pure Maharani Paithani Silk Saree
Night Rider Black Color Pure Maharani Paithani Silk Saree
Night Rider Black Color Pure Maharani Paithani Silk Saree
Night Rider Black Color Pure Maharani Paithani Silk Saree
Night Rider Black Color Pure Maharani Paithani Silk Saree
Night Rider Black Color Pure Maharani Paithani Silk Saree
Night Rider Black Color Pure Maharani Paithani Silk Saree
Night Rider Black Color Pure Maharani Paithani Silk Saree

Night Rider Black Color Pure Maharani Paithani Silk Saree

$379.00 USD
Multicolor Pen Kalamkari Work Pure Mulberry Silk
Multicolor Pen Kalamkari Work Pure Mulberry Silk
Multicolor Pen Kalamkari Work Pure Mulberry Silk
Multicolor Pen Kalamkari Work Pure Mulberry Silk
Multicolor Pen Kalamkari Work Pure Mulberry Silk
Multicolor Pen Kalamkari Work Pure Mulberry Silk
Multicolor Pen Kalamkari Work Pure Mulberry Silk
Multicolor Pen Kalamkari Work Pure Mulberry Silk
Multicolor Pen Kalamkari Work Pure Mulberry Silk

Multicolor Pen Kalamkari Work Pure Mulberry Silk

$365.00 USD
Eggplant Color Pure Katan Banarasi Saree
Eggplant Color Pure Katan Banarasi Saree
Eggplant Color Pure Katan Banarasi Saree
Eggplant Color Pure Katan Banarasi Saree
Eggplant Color Pure Katan Banarasi Saree
Eggplant Color Pure Katan Banarasi Saree
Eggplant Color Pure Katan Banarasi Saree
Eggplant Color Pure Katan Banarasi Saree

Eggplant Color Pure Katan Banarasi Saree

$319.00 USD
Royal Peacock Blue Color Maharani Paithani Silk Saree
Royal Peacock Blue Color Maharani Paithani Silk Saree
Royal Peacock Blue Color Maharani Paithani Silk Saree
Royal Peacock Blue Color Maharani Paithani Silk Saree
Royal Peacock Blue Color Maharani Paithani Silk Saree
Royal Peacock Blue Color Maharani Paithani Silk Saree
Royal Peacock Blue Color Maharani Paithani Silk Saree
Royal Peacock Blue Color Maharani Paithani Silk Saree
Royal Peacock Blue Color Maharani Paithani Silk Saree

Royal Peacock Blue Color Maharani Paithani Silk Saree

$379.00 USD

Store the zari/embroidered saree in cloth bags

Do store the zari as you would any delicate precious clothing – inside cotton bags, separately. And every 2 months or so, take out the fabric, change the folds and keep it back in storage. This will prevent zari thread damage at the folds.

Do not wash zari/embroidered sarees in the washing machine

Do not wash zari fabric in the washing machine. After the first few dry washes, you can wash the zari fabric at home. Hand washes of course. Wash each item separately. 

Hope you will be finding all these ideas helpful - and the next purchase with zari or embroidered work cannot be scary anymore as you are now already to save them from getting oxidized, torn, or discolored at any time. 

Author's Bio

Sumana Bhattacharya completed her Masters in Economics from the University of Calcutta & was working with the Department of Education, Govt. of West Bengal to provide training to the teachers in Government Schools. She moved to USA in 2005 after getting married & is the mother of 2 kids. She is the one that drives IndyVogue every day, every hour, every minute and every second. Salute to her and her undying spirit.

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