Staff Reporter

  • Owners of three best-maintained saris get prizes
  • These saris were picked up from among the 403 sent in for competition

    BANGALORE: The women who laboured to protect their loved Mysore silk saris never had it better. Three of them have their splendid 50-year-old saris gifted by their mothers or mothers-in-law draped around mannequins here.

    The women walked away with new silk sarees valued at over Rs. 10,000. As many as 25 other women got coupons to buy silk sarees at half the price.

    The occasion was the vintage Mysore silk sari exhibition and consumer awareness workshop that got off to a start at the KAS Officers Association Hall near the Police Commissioner's office on Bhagawan Mahaveer (Infantry) Road on Wednesday. The exhibition is on till Friday. It is organised by the Karnataka Silk Industries Corporation (KSIC).

    The three best maintained saris are draped around the mannequins. They resemble new ones and have not lost their original sheen. They were picked up from among 403 saris that were sent in for the competition. The proud owners of the saris are Chaya Gopalaraj, a teacher of Vidyadayini school in Guttahalli Circle; Seetha Nagaraj, a housewife from Basavanagudi; and Vijaya Bashyam, a medical practitioner in Mysore. Ms. Nagaraj fondly recalled that her awar-winning sari had been given to her mother-in-law, Seethalakshmi, 80, as a wedding gift by her brother on the first Republic Day. "I got it in 1977 from her," she told The Hindu. The other two women said the saris were as gifts from their mothers.

    Maintaining saris

    How do they maintain them?

    "The saris are so good, they hardly need maintenance," Ms. Gopalaraj. However, she said she had given it for dry cleaning several times. She had never soaked it in water.

    "The saree is so good even today by the grace of God," she said. Ms. Nagaraj said she would not wear her silk saree to places such as temples to avoid the dirt catching it. "You should be choosy and should know when to wear it. It is good to wear them for marriages and receptions if you can be careful enough to ensure that food and liquids do not spill on them," she said.

    Ms. Bashyam said she would soak in water only that part of the sari that had any stains and apply mild detergents.

    P. Vijayan, Chairman and Managing Director, KSIC, said bridal collections would be launched to coincide with Makara Sankranthi. As many as 70 traders in Mysore, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad had been served notices for duplicating Mysore Silk saris, he said.