A Saree Story #SundayBlogShare

The other day I posted a photo on Instagram

Yes, that is me, all glammed up for an engagement party we attended.

Aside from all the lovely compliments I received, someone mentioned the colour of the saree, and how lovely it was.

I replied that the story of my saree could be a post of it’s own so here goes!

Way back, before the days of me planning to get married, my family went to Kenya to to attend a wedding. It was the wedding of my cousin, my mum’s niece. My dear maternal grandma was still around at that time, and she decided to open one of her trunks (a special occasion indeed! Nanima’s Sandookh(trunk) contained some beautiful treasures!) to gift her granddaughters.

She pulled out some plain chiffon lengths. They were 6-metre sarees, of a quality that is not seen nowadays. One was black, and one was a lurid orangey/peachy colour, Kind of like this . Add a bit more fluorescent orange to it and you get the picture/colour?

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Well, my other cousin chose the black one, and left me sitting with my sweet smiling grandma, and a fluorescent saree. I was never one to complain, or to get my way, if it meant conflict, so I gratefully took the fabric, hugging my darling Nanima too.

Little did I know that I wouldn’t see her after this trip, as she passed away. I handed the saree to my mum for safe-keeping. Even she giggled a little, looking at the colour!

Fast forward to my wedding planning, and shopping in India. I had my wedding outfit planned in my head, and we had spoken to a tailor about that. WE had bought two lengths of good quality chiffon in black and a pale gold, which I was getting embroidered so I had some personalised sarees. After choosing the patterns, my mum flung something else on the shop counter.

Now to set the scene, shopping in India is a whole other world. If you are from a rich family, or from abroad, it is pretty cool. Basically you get treated like royalty! There will be outfits, fabrics and accessories that materialise from God knows where, if they know you are going to buy! The boys in the shop are experts at tying sarees, and becoming live mannequins too, so if you want to know what something would look like, you need no mirror, just your eyes!

You have sofas to sit and lounge on, cold drinks are brought for you at your request, or a cup of chai. and if you were spending enough, and coming in regularly enough, there was food too! It is wonderful to come into an air-conditioned shop after the heat of the Delhi summer, and to have refreshments waiting, bliss! ( The family at this shop were lovely! They even invited us to their home for dinner, and took us out! Yes, we did spend quite a bit with them!)

Anyway, at this particular shop, where we spent the most of our time, and money, mum decided to bust out the orange saree! I had almost forgotten about it, but the colour brought the memory of who gave it to me flooding back. I looked at mum and felt a little teary. I wanted to have something like this from Nanima to remember her, but for the life of me, I wasn’t going to wear that colour!

Mum asked the man what he could do with this, expecting him to show us some interesting designs of embroidery that would make it more acceptable to me to wear. He looked at it, looked at us and said “Good quality chiffon. Why don’t you dye it?”

Dye it!

What a great idea! Why hadn’t we even thought of that? That meant I could still have the fabric from my Nanima, and I would have a saree that I could wear happily too!

My Hubby Dearest, hubby-to-be at the time, had one request, when I had asked him if there was anything I should buy, clothes wise. A dark blue saree.

So the choice of colour was made! We then decided on a same colour flora sequinned pattern which was hand sewn and the saree above was created!

It has been 16 year since that was made for me, and I have worn it on and off. Each time I do, I remember Nanima.

When my mum saw the photo she said ” That saree was nice, which one is that? When did you get it?” I answered her in disbelief! “Mother, can you not remember? Nani’s orange monstrosity?? We dyed it, didn’t we?”

Then it came back to her. She was happy to see me still wearing it too. (Glad it still fit me, to be honest!)

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So there you have it, the story of my Nani’s saree!

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  1. Becca Barracuda
    Aug 05, 2017 @ 16:31:56

    What a sweet story! I definitely would not have wanted to wear orange either– does it flatter anyone?! And, I love that color blue; you look gorgeous in it! It’s so lovely that you get to cherish and enjoy a piece of your grandmother. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Gary
    Aug 05, 2017 @ 15:16:20

    Absolutely fabulous tale and how recycling has left you with a brilliant piece of memorabilia, still functional now and with a funny story behind it from someone you clearly loved. Great choice of colour too; you look stunning in it ๐Ÿ™‚ #GaTu x

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  3. Lisa Orchard (@lisaorchard1)
    Aug 05, 2017 @ 14:30:20

    What an awesome story! I love that it still fits you. It’s beautiful! You know, Ritu that story would make an awesome chidren’s book. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. angelanoelauthor
    Aug 05, 2017 @ 14:02:51

    The color truly is amazing, but the story is even better. Your reaction to accepting the gift from you grandmother is beautiful. Even though you didn’t love the color, you loved the woman, and the heart that offered it to you. That’s true grace. Thank you for sharing the story.

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  5. anhistorianabouttown
    Aug 05, 2017 @ 13:43:32

    That colour is absolutely gorgeous on you!! And what a lovely story behind it- I love when you such wonderful memories attached to a piece, it makes it all the more special when you wear it!

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  6. SickChristine
    Aug 05, 2017 @ 13:42:38

    Such an incredibly touching story. I love that you’re still able to wear it. The color is stunning on you.

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  7. Beaton
    Aug 05, 2017 @ 13:30:05

    So its somewhat like the ugly duckling…. if the duckling were an orange monstrosity of a saree and instead of growing into a swan, an ingenious tailor dyes it into a more aesthetic regaleness…. Nice story The saree is beautiful and I am sure even at the height of its neon orangeness you would have worn it quite well (provided we all wore shades to avoid being dazzled by your awesomeness…Ha)
    Cheers
    ~B

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  8. Judy E Martin
    Aug 05, 2017 @ 12:14:32

    That is such a lovely story Sis, you look abosilutely gorgeous in it too. What a lovely gift your Nani gave you, and something that will be handed down the generations and treasured ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. Shallow Reflections
    Aug 05, 2017 @ 11:49:20

    That is a beautiful saree and such a happy ending for a crazy color. It’s so sad to lose our grandparents but so good to remember precious stories of their love and generosity. You look lovely!

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  10. Steffi Michael.
    Aug 05, 2017 @ 10:30:08

    I love the saree. Thanks for sharing a sweet memory. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. Modern Gypsy
    Aug 05, 2017 @ 10:09:11

    That’s a beautiful story behind a gorgeous sari! And what a priceless treasure it is too! All thanks to the miracle of dye and friendly Indian shopkeepers! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  12. Sobhalisha Panda
    Aug 05, 2017 @ 09:56:29

    Well it’s wonderful how we share such a beautiful bond with our grandparents ,,their presents are so special๐Ÿ˜Š

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  13. A Girl and Her Passport
    Aug 05, 2017 @ 09:45:58

    What a lovely story. So glad you were able to salvage the saree. It is beautiful in blue. I own one from my time in Qatar but I can’t tie it! Probably won’t be worn again, such a shame.

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  14. Wandering Walsh
    Aug 05, 2017 @ 09:16:16

    Very nice story and a lovely saree

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  15. Debbie Harris
    Aug 05, 2017 @ 09:05:22

    A beautiful story Ritu, how special!! When I was in India I had a different sari to wear each day, provided by my Rotary Exchange hostess. She and the whole family, loved the fact that I enjoyed getting dressed up and they enjoyed getting me ready with all the accessories. I ended up buying a purple sari to wear to my sister’s wedding back in Australia a few days after I we arrived home. I did check with my sister first to make sure it was ok.

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  16. sriches
    Aug 05, 2017 @ 08:50:42

    What a beautiful story and post! Such wonderful memories from a gorgeous Saree! Such a gorgeous vibrant colour and suits you perfectly!xx

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  17. Claire Wong
    Aug 05, 2017 @ 08:50:11

    A beautiful story, Ritu! What a lovely way to keep hold of things that have memories attached to them.

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  18. Gay Stepdad
    Aug 05, 2017 @ 08:45:53

    Wait!….. That was an orange saree? Wow, what a great job…looks fantastic!

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  19. fancypaperblog
    Aug 05, 2017 @ 08:33:56

    I am admiring this beautiful saree all week. You look stunning x

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  20. heavenhappens
    Aug 05, 2017 @ 06:39:15

    That is such a treasure and truly irreplaceable. You do look wonderful and the colour is perfect.

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  21. Lisa A.
    Aug 05, 2017 @ 06:34:47

    I LOVE that color, Ritu! You look great! I’m sure it has tons of sentimental for you.

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  22. Don Royster
    Aug 05, 2017 @ 06:13:13

    What a lovely sari story.

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  23. amindfultravellerblog
    Aug 05, 2017 @ 04:07:04

    That’s such a beautiful story Ritu. I love when you can hold onto sentimental pieces like that. It just means so much to you, and well done on being able to fit into it as well….you go girl ๐Ÿ™‚

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  24. syl65
    Aug 05, 2017 @ 03:50:44

    Very elegant Sister!!

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  25. Jim
    Aug 05, 2017 @ 03:27:23

    Oooooo! You glam up really nice! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  26. Ali Isaac
    Aug 05, 2017 @ 00:18:46

    What a wonderful story… You have a family heirloom to treasure and hand on to your daughter, and you look gorgeous in it! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜™

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  27. Erika Kind
    Aug 04, 2017 @ 22:13:14

    This is such a lovely story! You got it all! You were nice and stepped back and still have the saree from your Nanima in exactly the color that fits you so beautifully! You look gorgeous, sis ๐Ÿ˜˜

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  28. You Can Always Start Now
    Aug 04, 2017 @ 21:22:00

    that is a wonderful memory.

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  29. foodzesty
    Aug 04, 2017 @ 20:15:20

    I missed the PHOTO!!! You look beautiful and I love the story of the saree ๐Ÿ™‚

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  30. watchingthedaisies
    Aug 04, 2017 @ 19:50:45

    Such a beautiful memory to have held in that saree. It looks amazing and so do you.

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  32. Mr. Militant Negro
    Aug 04, 2017 @ 18:45:08

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negroโ„ข.

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  33. Victo Dolore
    Aug 04, 2017 @ 18:42:49

    Beautiful! Who would have thought that dying would work so well. It looks great on you. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  34. Reena Saxena
    Aug 04, 2017 @ 18:41:27

    Beautiful sari and beautiful you! There is a group on Facebook called Magic of Sarees, where ladies post their pic in saris, on a monthly theme, with a note about its acquisition or history. This post reminded me of that group I have not visited for long.

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  35. dornahainds
    Aug 04, 2017 @ 18:37:58

    A lovely shade of blue there. ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท

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  37. Shivangi
    Aug 04, 2017 @ 17:35:44

    What a lovely post and how nicely you have draped yourself in beautiful memories. You look resplendent! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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  38. Sue Vincent
    Aug 04, 2017 @ 17:22:48

    What a lovely way to be able to remember both your grandmorther and your wedding, Ritu. …and you look stunning.

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  39. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.
    Aug 04, 2017 @ 17:21:02

    Wonderful Ritu. A beautiful and entertaining story and somewhere your grandmother is approving at how stunning you look. Such an elegant way to dress. xx

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    • Ritu
      Aug 04, 2017 @ 17:31:26

      Thank you so much Sally. I’m so glad my whole family is sentimental enough to have fostered that appreciation that I now have for memories and momentos like this saree ๐Ÿ˜

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      • Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.
        Aug 04, 2017 @ 17:38:44

        I am with you on that one Ritu. The downside of downsizing is the emotional tie to some of the many items passed on or that have sentimental value. My guest room built in wardrobe is packed with boxes. I do get them out from time to time and have a memory blitz… but your saree is something you can wear and look stunning in.. I hope it gets many more wearings.. I have given it another outing in the blogger daily.. hugs xx

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      • Ritu
        Aug 04, 2017 @ 17:49:16

        I think this is why I’d never be a minimalist! These kinds of treasures meant far too much! And thank you for another share!!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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  40. masgautsen
    Aug 04, 2017 @ 17:17:25

    What a beautiful saree and an equally beautiful story!

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  41. afternoonofsundries
    Aug 04, 2017 @ 17:13:16

    Oddly enough, I have a saree. My mother roomed with a woman from India during college. She gave me one her roommate gave to her. She remembers how to pleat the front and wrap it. I used to know too, it’s been so long. They are so beautiful, I just don’t know if it’s okay to wear it… it’s definitely for a special occasion!

    Yours is beautiful! I cannot believe it was dyed! It looks simply amazing on you!

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  42. Mann
    Aug 04, 2017 @ 16:59:55

    You look gorgeous in this saree. ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ

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  43. Ruth
    Aug 04, 2017 @ 16:54:16

    Beautiful story, beautiful saree, and a beautiful Ritu! You look lovely – and I’ve never seen you with your hair straightened, you looks very glamourous ๐Ÿ™‚

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  44. waleedhassanien
    Aug 04, 2017 @ 16:41:57

    Fantastic picture

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  45. Osyth
    Aug 04, 2017 @ 16:36:53

    You look absokuteky amazing and what a treasure of a story and to cap it the delight of remembering you beloved Granny whenever you wear the dark blue that your husband chose. Delightful ๐Ÿ’›

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  46. robbiesinspiration
    Aug 04, 2017 @ 16:36:26

    What a beautiful story about your Nani, Ritu. So lucky that it dyed so well. I have a toy koala bear from Australian that my Granny gave to me when I was a girl of 11 years old. Amazing how we treasure these gifts.

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  47. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Aug 04, 2017 @ 16:06:00

    LOVE this! I am convinced that your grandmother KNEW that you were the only one in the family who could make that color work, even if it was to change the color. So, question, how do you choose the Bindi for the occasion? Beautiful ensemble, by the way.

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    • Ritu
      Aug 04, 2017 @ 16:20:18

      Aw thank you Annette! I do hope she watches me from somewhere above, and approves of what we did!
      Bindi.. I have boxes full, literally, and I just colour co-ordinate!!!

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      • Annette Rochelle Aben
        Aug 04, 2017 @ 16:41:05

        I had a boyfriend from Mysore, ages ago. When he came back from a trip home to see his family, his sisters sent me so many Bindi it was crazy. When I asked him why so many , they said it was so that I would have choices. When I asked him how they thought to send them in the first place, he laughed and said he asked them to help him find a selection for a friend in the States who might need some help with her temper. Gotta love men.

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      • Ritu
        Aug 04, 2017 @ 16:54:29

        Lol!!! I’ve not heard of the controlling your temper one before!!!

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  48. shaunkellett
    Aug 04, 2017 @ 16:00:55

    Great story! I love that you were able to take something special and adapt it to something more suiting. It truly is a lovely colour, enhanced by the memories it contains. Makes me wonder if your cousin’s black fabric lasted as long, or was used so beautifully… Wonderful story, Ritu, thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Ritu
      Aug 04, 2017 @ 16:19:22

      Thank you Shaun! It’s a piece I can pass on to my own daughter too!
      As for my cousin, I don’t know what she did with hers!
      But at least I know mine is woven with true memories! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  49. niasunset
    Aug 04, 2017 @ 16:00:34

    First of all, the story of this beautiful saree is great story. I am impressed so much. And second, you are so beautiful and to dye is a great idea and successfully done. And third one is I am crazy with fabric(embroidried too) of India… The colours are amazing. I wished to make shopping in there as a rich one that meters of fabric wouldn’t be problem for me.

    Thank you dear Ritu, have a nice day and weekend, Love, nia

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  50. IreneDesign2011
    Aug 04, 2017 @ 15:59:50

    Nice story and great memories, Nimi ๐Ÿ™‚

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