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How To Wear

Mysore Silk Saree

Petticoat

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Find a petticoat that matches the colour of your saree exactly. If it’s ligher, your saree will also look a shade lighter. The same applies to a darker petticoat.

Saree Layout

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Layout your saree and figure out which side in side and which is the outer. The Pallu ofcourse will be the outer side and the other end. The inner.
Hold the inner end of the saree in your left hand around your waist.

Pleats

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Make sure the hem is touching the floor and tuck the inner end border into your petticoat. Pass the saree onto the front. Maintain the same height so that the hem is even. Keep the top edge level and tuck in a little to keep the saree place(Safety pin at this point) Start folding the pleats from right to left while holding the edge of the saree.

Tuck In

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Hold all the pleats together and tuck them into the petticoat(make sure the length of the saree remain the same and the them is even safety pin the pleats to your petticoat).

Bring Around

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5 Bring the saree around your body. Hold it in your right hand and pass over the left making sure the border is even.

Drape

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Drape on your shoulder. Here, you can either let the border sit on your shoulder and let the rest fall casually. Or, following the pleat lines, create pleats on your shoulder and let the pallu fall in a thin strip.

IDENTIFY PURE SILK


All that shines is not silk'! what is commonly sold as ' art silk ' is not natural silk or pure silk. Pure silk is natural and eco-friendly, which emantes from the silk worm.

The scientific work for invention of cheap mitation of Natural silk may be in progress, but in the market place there are numerous other textile materials sold in the name of silk i.e. Art silk, Artificial silk and other glamorous names.

A layman's test for identifying pure silk is the 'Burning Test' which can be carried out at any place and at any time.

Hundres percent silk means both the warp and weft should be made from pure silk yarns.

To carry out the simple test, take out a small piece of thread from both directions and burn it.

Pure silk will give the smell of burning hair and will leave a black residue, which can be easily crushed to powder by the finger.

TAKING CARE OF SILK....

    Precautions during washing
  • Always wash silks in soft water.
  • Add a pinch of Borax or Ammonia, if water is hard.
  • Use a good neutral soap in the form of either flakes or solution.
  • Light detergent may also be used in the case of hard water.
  • Wash in lukewarm water by kneading & squeezing or suction.
  • Rinse in warm water 2-3 times to remove traces of soap.
  • Add a few drops of citric acid or acetic acid to the final rinse in cold water.
  • Silk with doubtful colour fastness may be steeped in cold water with a small amount of citric or acetic acid for 1-2 minutes before washing.
  • Squeeze lightly by hand to remove excess water.
  • Always dry flat, in shade.
    Precautions during ironing
  • Use low to medium heat.
  • Never spray water to dampen silk before ironing.
  • This will cause water spot on the fabric.
  • Silk should be always ironed on the reverse side if still dampen
    Precautions for storing
  • Store your silks in a clean and dry environment.
  • If storage is prolonged, periodic airing and brushing is advisable
  • Protect silk from insects, dust, excessive moisture and light
  • Avoid direct contact with wood.
  • Wrap zari sarees in cotton cloth to avoid discolouring of zari.
  • Keep silica sachets in racks.