You can very well get used to cotton comfort so much that you may want to don another cotton saree to beautify your style quotient this summer. Make sure you have tried out the 1st post in this series of Summer Cotton Saree Style here. Another day of summer, another cotton saree, another look but the same beautiful you! Read on what style story I have for you this time on the Cotton SareeSutra.
The love for cotton caught on so much that I have my hands on a Tangail block print saree with golden zari border that I bought some about 17 years ago from my very first trip to Bailey Road, Dhaka, Bangladesh and this is the second time ever I have worn it. To keep the saree surrounded in good company, I put on a self-designed blouse in contrast colours with zari piping on the neckline. A pair of gold jhumkis and stacking gold bangles all were from Tribe by Amrapali. Finally, a pair of gold zari embroidered jutti with pompom details from Janpath, India has completed this laid-back-luxe, on-the-go look in a cotton saree.
Top tip: To give an ordinary cotton saree the pizzazz, style with a blouse that didn’t come with the saree.
Draping a saree itself could be tricky and all the more when its made of cotton. The most frequently asked question landing in my inbox following the first Summer Cotton Saree post is related to how I am able to manage the cotton saree without risking myself looking rather inflated let’s say. True that it is always pleasant to drape a crisp cotton saree around the body but this is only when it is well starched and ironed. Nevertheless, the rigid nature of the starch can play tricks on the cotton material of the saree so much so that it can put some unwanted fluff which risks making you look slightly oversized which you actually are not. This is almost always true in case of brand new cotton sarees or in case of sarees such as tussar or Jamdani for example.
Home remedy is the best and who best to learn it from but mothers and aunts? Let me share some tried and tested tips below to reduce the stiffness of the cotton saree you are so wanting to wear this summer.
I have shared some simple ways in which you can reduce the stiffness in your starched sarees below based on the things I have observed my mother and aunts doing.
How to soften the stiffness in starched cotton sarees?
- If you want to soften the saree without removing the starch completely, then steam iron the saree. Remember to use the correct setting in your iron based on the saree fabric.
2. If you want to remove the starch completely, then soak the saree in cold water for 30 minutes. Then rinse, dry and steam iron the saree to remove all traces of starch.
3. For heavily starched sarees, add half a cup of distilled white vinegar to a bucket of cold water and soak the saree in it for 30 minutes. Then rinse, dry and steam iron the saree. It is now soft and totally starch-free! Make sure your saree is not ‘’bleeding’’ colour.
4. If you want to avoid washing, just leave them to air dry in a shaded area like a veranda or balcony or patio for 2-3 days, the saree will soften as the starch gets soaked in the air.
Hope you enjoyed reading the 2 series SareeSutra posts on Summer Cotton Saree style. Get over your stiffness, and that of the cotton saree itself by following the tips above. Comfort, style and cotton – can all be carried together in the saree when you will let yourself carry it this summer.
What Was I Wearing?
Block Print Saree from Bailey Road, Dhaka (Don’t remember the name of the boutique)
Blouse by Tanusree
Earrings from TribebyAmrapali
Bangles from TribebyAmrapali
Ring from Ratan’s, Vardaan Market, Kolkata, India
Shoes from Janpath, New Delhi, India (Don’t remember the name of the store)
Hair, makeup and styling by yours truly