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From granny’s hope chest

entertainment Updated: May 23, 2010 14:35 IST
Neha Sharma
Neha Sharma
Hindustan Times
Sania Mirza

Tennis ace Sania Mirza may have opted for glamorous designer wear for her wedding functions, but for the D-day, she chose to wear her mother’s wedding sari.

When actress Raveena Tandon had tied the knot with film distributor Anil Thadani, she too had worn her mother’ wedding lehenga, refined by Delhi designer Manav Gangwani.

Fashion designers say that the trend is catching up with Delhi girls, who are also opting for their heirloom for their big day.

Designer Charu Parashar says, “A client once brought a beautiful sari with talli work, with a golden zari border, and wanted me to turn it into a new sari. However, it was too old to be redesigned.”

Designer Anjana Bhargav says, “If not the whole sari, people ask for some salient features from the original lehenga or sari, like a very rich border, or some embroidery. Sometimes the embroidery fades, so we create a new embroidery around it. At times, they also bring dupattas and ask for some embellishments to be incorporated in the outfit.”

Designer Arjun Kapoor says that these family pieces are an attempt by people to look back at the rich and traditional work that does not exist anymore. However, people who’ve worn these such creations reason that these have sentiments attached and are expected to bring good luck.

Says Ruchika Gupte, who got married in March, “For the big day, I wore my grandmother’s lehenga, that was completely in silver with big jewels on it. Some had fallen off, and the fabric had withered a little. But the designer added another fabric and made it look resplendent.”

Raveena Tandon says, “I wore my mother’s lehenga to get some of my mom’s good luck with a great marriage.”