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How To Fix Your Imperfect Sari Skirt

April 19, 2020 3 min read

The story behind our sari wrap skirts starts at the landfill and ends in the hands of our customers. These skirts are special, not just because they are one-of-a-kind, but because they are handmade by our artisans out of recycled materials. The fabric comes from recycled saris, fabric saved from the landfills, or even fabric runoff that we are able to save from warehouses that are in our artisans' communities. 

Our artisans, hand-picked and mostly women, are often gender or caste system suppressed in their home towns and struggle with poverty. By working with us, these women are able to have sustainable, fair, and safe year-round employment for themselves and their families. 

 Due to the handmade nature of our product, the skirt you receive may have natural wear and tear. Or maybe your much-loved skirt just recently gained a little imperfection after being worn over and over again, but not to worry! Since we have a little bit of an obsession with these skirts, we've come up with a few tips and tricks for a few different types of imperfections. 

Our arsenal includes (but is not limited to) : 

  • Laundry stain remover 
  • Isopropyl Alcohol or rubbing alcohol 
  • Vinegar 
  • Baking soda 
  • Nail polish remover 
  • Iron-on patches 

On a small table in front of a window, a collection of cleaning solutions. (Baking soda, nail polish remover, peroxide, alcohol, and detergent)

Common Imperfections: 

White stamps / pen marks:

If your skirt was made using fabric run off, you might see a white textile stamp and if your skirt was a well-loved sari, you might see pen marks. Thankfully, these marks are easily removed using rubbing alcohol and a little bit of time. 

A close up of a tan sari skirt with a small pen markThe small pen mark has been sprayed with cleaner. A finger wrapped in a white cloth is now rubbing at the pen mark.The tan skirt no longer has a pen mark. Where the pen mark was is now damp, but there is no longer the pen mark.

 

 

 

 

 

Loose threads: 

Since these skirts are individually hand-made and sewn, some loose threads can occur. Thankfully, these are only an aesthetic issue and there are no problems with just giving them a little trim 

A hand is holding a small loose thread off of a navy and yellow sari wrap skirt.A pair of scissors are being held against the navy skirt's loose thread, ready to snip it off.The navy skirt's loose thread has now been removed. The same hand is holding the sari skirt, showing where the loose thread once was.

Small tears / holes: 

I recently learned that many women secure their saris with pins, which is were some of the small pin-like holes in your skirt may have come from. This is a little reminder that these skirts are recycled and our artisans have given them a new life as a skirt for you!

I personally like to go to my local craft store and pick out a few of iron-on patches that normally go on jean jackets and use them to patch up the small tears in my sari skirt. I think it gives my skirts a fun little pop of color depending on what patches I can find! 

Dirt / smudges: 

Very rarely will a stain on your sari skirt be unable to removed. For this smudge that I found on the bottom of my skirt after a night out, I used a little bit of nail polish remover and it vanished in a few minutes! 

A closeup of an ivory and light pink skirt with a dark black stain.The same ivory and pink skirt, but where that black stain was, there is now a damp spot from where the cleaner was added. The black spot is gone!

All of these fixes are great fixes for the small imperfections on your sari skirt. These of course aren't the only fixes, but these are the ones that we have tried ourselves on our personal skirts and have seen results! 

Of course, if you receive a skirt from us and it is damaged beyond a small imperfection, please email us at info@darngoodyarn.com and let us know - we'd be happy to help you out.

If you end up being able to fix your skirt with one of these easy tricks then we would love to offer you 1,000 Karma Points, which can be used towards future purchases. 💜 Just email us and let us know! 

XOXO 

-Kate