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:- 

Multicolor Tussar Silk Saree with Kantha Stitch and Brush Paint Work
Multicolor Tussar Silk Saree with Kantha Stitch and Brush Paint Work
Multicolor Tussar Silk Saree with Kantha Stitch and Brush Paint Work
Multicolor Tussar Silk Saree with Kantha Stitch and Brush Paint Work
Multicolor Tussar Silk Saree with Kantha Stitch and Brush Paint Work
Multicolor Tussar Silk Saree with Kantha Stitch and Brush Paint Work
Multicolor Tussar Silk Saree with Kantha Stitch and Brush Paint Work
Multicolor Tussar Silk Saree with Kantha Stitch and Brush Paint Work

Multicolor Tussar Silk Saree with Kantha Stitch and Brush Paint Work

$199.00 USD
Sky Blue Color Organza Satin Saree with Hand Gujrati Stitch and Kutch Work
Sky Blue Color Organza Satin Saree with Hand Gujrati Stitch and Kutch Work
Sky Blue Color Organza Satin Saree with Hand Gujrati Stitch and Kutch Work
Sky Blue Color Organza Satin Saree with Hand Gujrati Stitch and Kutch Work
Sky Blue Color Organza Satin Saree with Hand Gujrati Stitch and Kutch Work
Sky Blue Color Organza Satin Saree with Hand Gujrati Stitch and Kutch Work
Sky Blue Color Organza Satin Saree with Hand Gujrati Stitch and Kutch Work
Sky Blue Color Organza Satin Saree with Hand Gujrati Stitch and Kutch Work

Sky Blue Color Organza Satin Saree with Hand Gujrati Stitch and Kutch Work

$219.00 USD
Obsidian Black Color Bangalore Silk Saree with Hand Kantha Stitch in Rural Motif Pattern
Obsidian Black Color Bangalore Silk Saree with Hand Kantha Stitch in Rural Motif Pattern
Obsidian Black Color Bangalore Silk Saree with Hand Kantha Stitch in Rural Motif Pattern
Obsidian Black Color Bangalore Silk Saree with Hand Kantha Stitch in Rural Motif Pattern
Obsidian Black Color Bangalore Silk Saree with Hand Kantha Stitch in Rural Motif Pattern
Obsidian Black Color Bangalore Silk Saree with Hand Kantha Stitch in Rural Motif Pattern
Obsidian Black Color Bangalore Silk Saree with Hand Kantha Stitch in Rural Motif Pattern
Obsidian Black Color Bangalore Silk Saree with Hand Kantha Stitch in Rural Motif Pattern

Obsidian Black Color Bangalore Silk Saree with Hand Kantha Stitch in Rural Motif Pattern

$229.00 USD
Parrot Green Color Cotton Silk Chanderi Saree with Lambani Hand Embroidery Work
Parrot Green Color Cotton Silk Chanderi Saree with Lambani Hand Embroidery Work
Parrot Green Color Cotton Silk Chanderi Saree with Lambani Hand Embroidery Work
Parrot Green Color Cotton Silk Chanderi Saree with Lambani Hand Embroidery Work
Parrot Green Color Cotton Silk Chanderi Saree with Lambani Hand Embroidery Work
Parrot Green Color Cotton Silk Chanderi Saree with Lambani Hand Embroidery Work
Parrot Green Color Cotton Silk Chanderi Saree with Lambani Hand Embroidery Work
Parrot Green Color Cotton Silk Chanderi Saree with Lambani Hand Embroidery Work
Parrot Green Color Cotton Silk Chanderi Saree with Lambani Hand Embroidery Work
Parrot Green Color Cotton Silk Chanderi Saree with Lambani Hand Embroidery Work
Parrot Green Color Cotton Silk Chanderi Saree with Lambani Hand Embroidery Work
Parrot Green Color Cotton Silk Chanderi Saree with Lambani Hand Embroidery Work

Parrot Green Color Cotton Silk Chanderi Saree with Lambani Hand Embroidery Work

$149.00 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.

Red and Multicolor Tussar Banarasi Saree with Kalamkari Work
Red and Multicolor Tussar Banarasi Saree with Kalamkari Work
Red and Multicolor Tussar Banarasi Saree with Kalamkari Work
Red and Multicolor Tussar Banarasi Saree with Kalamkari Work
Red and Multicolor Tussar Banarasi Saree with Kalamkari Work
Red and Multicolor Tussar Banarasi Saree with Kalamkari Work
Red and Multicolor Tussar Banarasi Saree with Kalamkari Work
Red and Multicolor Tussar Banarasi Saree with Kalamkari Work
Red and Multicolor Tussar Banarasi Saree with Kalamkari Work
Red and Multicolor Tussar Banarasi Saree with Kalamkari Work

Red and Multicolor Tussar Banarasi Saree with Kalamkari Work

$269.00 USD
Light Golden Offwhite Color Pure Linen Silk Banarasi Saree with Embroidery Work
Light Golden Offwhite Color Pure Linen Silk Banarasi Saree with Embroidery Work
Light Golden Offwhite Color Pure Linen Silk Banarasi Saree with Embroidery Work
Light Golden Offwhite Color Pure Linen Silk Banarasi Saree with Embroidery Work
Light Golden Offwhite Color Pure Linen Silk Banarasi Saree with Embroidery Work
Light Golden Offwhite Color Pure Linen Silk Banarasi Saree with Embroidery Work
Light Golden Offwhite Color Pure Linen Silk Banarasi Saree with Embroidery Work
Light Golden Offwhite Color Pure Linen Silk Banarasi Saree with Embroidery Work

Light Golden Offwhite Color Pure Linen Silk Banarasi Saree with Embroidery Work

$225.00 USD
White and Royal Red Color Katan Banarasi Saree
White and Royal Red Color Katan Banarasi Saree
White and Royal Red Color Katan Banarasi Saree
White and Royal Red Color Katan Banarasi Saree
White and Royal Red Color Katan Banarasi Saree
White and Royal Red Color Katan Banarasi Saree
White and Royal Red Color Katan Banarasi Saree
White and Royal Red Color Katan Banarasi Saree

White and Royal Red Color Katan Banarasi Saree

$275.00 USD
Deep Red Color Chanderi Banarasi with Allover Meenakari Jaal Zari Work
Deep Red Color Chanderi Banarasi with Allover Meenakari Jaal Zari Work
Deep Red Color Chanderi Banarasi with Allover Meenakari Jaal Zari Work
Deep Red Color Chanderi Banarasi with Allover Meenakari Jaal Zari Work
Deep Red Color Chanderi Banarasi with Allover Meenakari Jaal Zari Work
Deep Red Color Chanderi Banarasi with Allover Meenakari Jaal Zari Work
Deep Red Color Chanderi Banarasi with Allover Meenakari Jaal Zari Work
Deep Red Color Chanderi Banarasi with Allover Meenakari Jaal Zari Work

Deep Red Color Chanderi Banarasi with Allover Meenakari Jaal Zari Work

$335.00 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. 

Reddish Maroon Color Kanjeevaram Silk Saree with Golden and Silver Zari Work
Reddish Maroon Color Kanjeevaram Silk Saree with Golden and Silver Zari Work
Reddish Maroon Color Kanjeevaram Silk Saree with Golden and Silver Zari Work
Reddish Maroon Color Kanjeevaram Silk Saree with Golden and Silver Zari Work
Reddish Maroon Color Kanjeevaram Silk Saree with Golden and Silver Zari Work
Reddish Maroon Color Kanjeevaram Silk Saree with Golden and Silver Zari Work
Reddish Maroon Color Kanjeevaram Silk Saree with Golden and Silver Zari Work
Reddish Maroon Color Kanjeevaram Silk Saree with Golden and Silver Zari Work
Reddish Maroon Color Kanjeevaram Silk Saree with Golden and Silver Zari Work

Reddish Maroon Color Kanjeevaram Silk Saree with Golden and Silver Zari Work

$345.00 USD
Dark Midnight Blue Color Matka Handloom with Baluchari Design Allover
Dark Midnight Blue Color Matka Handloom with Baluchari Design Allover
Dark Midnight Blue Color Matka Handloom with Baluchari Design Allover
Dark Midnight Blue Color Matka Handloom with Baluchari Design Allover
Dark Midnight Blue Color Matka Handloom with Baluchari Design Allover
Dark Midnight Blue Color Matka Handloom with Baluchari Design Allover
Dark Midnight Blue Color Matka Handloom with Baluchari Design Allover
Dark Midnight Blue Color Matka Handloom with Baluchari Design Allover

Dark Midnight Blue Color Matka Handloom with Baluchari Design Allover

$215.00 USD
Beige Color Pure Gadwal Silk Saree
Beige Color Pure Gadwal Silk Saree
Beige Color Pure Gadwal Silk Saree
Beige Color Pure Gadwal Silk Saree
Beige Color Pure Gadwal Silk Saree
Beige Color Pure Gadwal Silk Saree
Beige Color Pure Gadwal Silk Saree
Beige Color Pure Gadwal Silk Saree
Beige Color Pure Gadwal Silk Saree
Beige Color Pure Gadwal Silk Saree

Beige Color Pure Gadwal Silk Saree

$389.00 USD
Artichoke Green Color Pure Katan Banarasi Saree
Artichoke Green Color Pure Katan Banarasi Saree
Artichoke Green Color Pure Katan Banarasi Saree
Artichoke Green Color Pure Katan Banarasi Saree
Artichoke Green Color Pure Katan Banarasi Saree
Artichoke Green Color Pure Katan Banarasi Saree
Artichoke Green Color Pure Katan Banarasi Saree
Artichoke Green Color Pure Katan Banarasi Saree
Artichoke Green Color Pure Katan Banarasi Saree

Artichoke Green Color Pure Katan Banarasi Saree

$259.00 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.