Jan 16,2020

DIY Handpainted Saree

For the promotions of Chapaak, Deepika Padukone wore a gorgeous handpainted Sabyasachi saree. It had an all over print in so many colours and looked absolutely gorgeous. Here’s how you can create your own handpainted saree just like Deepika. 

Decide how ambitious you want to be. Hand painting takes a lot of time and patience, so decide whether you want to paint a whole saree or a dupatta or a small stole.

Find a base garment to paint. We decides to go ahead a paint a dupatta, so we used a white chiffon dupatta as the base. It does not matter if there is embroidery or sequins on the dupatta as long as the base colour is white.

Here are some links to base garments that would be suitable for this diy. Saree, dupatta, dupatta

Find a large flat surface to lay out your fabric. You may use newspaper to protect the surface under the fabric. For a large fabric piece like the saree, it may be best to work in sections. Move on the to next section only after the first section is completely dry. 

Using the fabric liner, begin outlining the individual shapes as seen on Deepikas saree. The fabric liner will prevent the paint from running all over the fabric so that each shape can be coloured a separate colour. 

If you are afraid to draw the shapes free hand, you can download our template. Simply print it out and place it under the fabric and trace with the fabric liner. The pattern is seamless and repeatable so you can move the template around to cover the whole dupatta. 

Next get your fabric paints ready. We are going to dilute the paints significantly as we want a soft and translucent feel to the dupatta. Add water to dilute the paints until you get a sherbet type consistency. Year out the paints in a corner. They should bleed and spread quickly through the fabric. Having a thin paint consistency ensures that the colours blend smoothly

Next, once the fabric outliner has completely dries, go ahead and start painting the various sections. Note that if there are gaps in your fabric , the paint will run, so it’s best to use a hairdryer to quickly stop the flow of paint and fill in the gap in the fabric outliner. 

Once the paint is dry, give it a quick iron to fix the colours. As with all handpainted items it’s best to dry clean and handwash.