Of all the opulent and fancy ensembles your fashion archive boasts of, bridal accoutrements tend to hold the top spot. But, the downside to it lies in the single use of this prized possession. After its one shot at glory, your beloved bridal garment is packed and pushed to the back of your closet. Fortunately, your highly prized and priced garment can be a part of your everyday moments with a few creative tweaks.
Traditionally, the bridal trousseau is a treasured piece of luggage that a bride carries to her marital home. It contains all the items—accessories, clothes, make-up, jewellery and more—she might need in her everyday life. It’s a revered collection of all that’s essential not only in terms of tradition, but also as an expression of personal style. “The outfit, made from soft silk, rich Benarasi and other ornate materials, usually takes a backseat in your closet. Instead, what if you could put these fabrics to worthy use by means of decorating your home?” questions fashion designer Naina Jain. Lending her insights on how to fuse bridal raiment with home décor, Jain suggests: “Transform free-flowing fabrics like a sari or a dupatta into a bed canopy for an ethnic touch. Consider cutting the heavily embroidered borders from your formal saris to make a table runner. Furthermore, use vintage saris as sofa covers to add a stylish finishing touch to your upholstery. You can also separate the exquisite gota flowers from a sari and fuse them into buntings. From making floor mats to tea coasters or table mats, there’s a lot one can do with bridal wear to make it a part of your new home and everyday life.”