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Vintage purple silk sari with metallic thread.

A couple of decades ago, saris like this one were burned to retrieve the metals in the threads. Then, as vintage textiles became interesting to the west, the value of both women's garments and buying power took on new meaning and many of these textiles were salvaged.

This piece has a rich, luscious feel to it. It does have one large tear and if you look closely at the photos, you will see it. Many quilters and fiber artists buy these old saris to incorporate them into new projects of their own. Although there are some fragile areas in this one, I believe most of it is still very strong. I pulled on it in several places to test it and it held.

As the sari is so long, I was not able to photograph it in one long piece, so it is folded and hopefully I have captured some of its beauty. It was hard to get the color to match the original, but imagine a true purple, as in a grape or eggplant and that will be close. The thread looks like brass.

184" long x 43" wide (over 5 yards!)
Metric: 467 x 109

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There is enough yardage here for many projects: garments, pillows, curtains... Some people use old saris as window dressing, draping them over and around a window. This fabric would be gorgeous incorporated into a quilt.

Estimated age is 20-30 years.

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Vintage Silk Sari: India- Royal Purple, Metallic Thread, 3


  • Vintage item from the 1970s
  • Materials: silk, brass thread
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 921 reviews
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