Hand Painted Designer Sari

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Today’s DIY project is Hand Painted Designer Sari. Let me start with choice of design.


I chose a plain cream coloured material. I planned to fill yellow in the sari body. I decided to use cotton balls to paint the body. I planned stencil and spray work at border, pallu and blouse part. I chose a stencil with floral motif. I decided to use polythene cone, flat and round brushes to hand paint the selvedge (border edge).


  • Fabric spray paint Blue: ready to use Fabric Spray Paint is available in vibrant colours. Simply Spray is a fabric spray paint. It is now available in the US, the UK, Switzerland, Poland, Denmark, Austria, Ireland, Canada, Australia and Germany. You can order Simply Spray online, if you are residing at Finland, Norway, Portugal or France. Here is a useful link: http://www.simplyspray.com/where-to-buy/.
    Hopefully, we may get the fabric spray paints in India sooner!
  • Fabric paint yellow and blue 45ml each (3 bottles of 15ml each)
  • A plain synthetic material of cream colour of about 6.5m


  • Stencils with free hand floral motifs (drawn free hand and cut)
  • Painting brushes – flat & round (0 or 1)
  • Polythene cone
  • Cotton balls

13T 2 Tools for Hand Painting


First, I hung the material using pins and clips as shown. Otherwise, the fabric could be stretched over a scroll frame and then kept upright.

13T 3 Hung Material for Hand Painting

I sprinkled water all over the body. I dipped cotton balls in yellow fabric paint. I squeezed it onto the fabric. Colour bleeded down in abstract pattern over the slightly wet fabric (Picture). I took care that the colouring is done excluding the borders (about 1/2 feet each side). I allowed it to dry for 24 hours.

 13T 4 Yellow Sari Body by abstract hand painting

After the fabric dried, I placed it flat over a few newspapers (or could stretch over a scroll frame). Newspapers absorb extra paint. Then I placed the stencils at the borders and rounded pallu. I sprayed the spray paint to create floral abstract. I left it for drying.

13T 5 Stencil border of hand painted sari

Stencil Border of Hand Painted Sari

Pallu of Hand Painted Sari

Pallu of Hand Painted Sari

I sprayed the paint over the blouse part varying the density.

I took blue fabric paint. I painted ½” thick stripes at both the selvedges (borders) using a flat brush. I added abstract dots close to this stripe using a round brush (number 0 or 1). I outlined the spray painted floral motif. I used a blue fabric paint filled polythene cone.

13T 9 hand painted border

I painted small dotted flowers over the spray painted blouse part.13T 10 floral blouse part 

I allowed the fabric to dry for 24hours. As a finishing, I ironed the sari. Here is the final look of the sari. Model: Ms. shwetha Ulhas, for whom this sari was designed.

13T 12 Painted Designer Sari

The blouse was stitched with a set in puff sleeve. Sari looks the best when worn with unfolded pallu as shown. Designed for a young-stylish lady. Goes well with tall to medium height.

I am thankful to Ms. Shwetha Ulhas (my sister and my model) and Mr. Venu for helping me in clicking a few photographs used in this post.

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About Sindhu

A nature lover, dreamer, artist, fashion designer and blogger. Passionate about arts. Persued B.Sc Fashion Designing at Karavali College, Mangalore with first rank in the Mangalore University (2003-2006). Former lecturer at Gloria College of Fashion Design, Puttur. (2006-2011). Arts and fashion blogger (2013 onwards).
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32 Responses to Hand Painted Designer Sari

  1. Anonymous says:

    I have found this post absolutely useful. You are a good designer. Good job.

  2. sindhoooo says:

    Thank you 🙂 Visit again!

  3. Heera says:

    Beautiful. It’s with high appeal, hand painted works are highly-priced in stores. Now I understand why it is so…

  4. sindhoooo says:

    Thank you for the compliment. Yes, they consume a lot of craftsmanship and time. Visit again 🙂

  5. Absolutely stunning. About the question you asked on my blog about colors, yes they were colors for painting.

  6. sindhoooo says:

    Happy to see you here, Mridula! Thanks for the complement and for your reply!

  7. A.H. says:

    Lovely sari! Truly a labor of love.

  8. sindhoooo says:

    Thank you! Hope you had a pleasant time in Tantu!

  9. mandakini says:

    very good ! thanks for the new idea.

  10. sindhoooo says:

    Thank you Mandakini 🙂 Hope you enjoyed your stay in Tantu 🙂 Visit again!

  11. This post was hugely interesting! I am delighted with the fantasy and femininity that the indian clothes and jewelry have!

  12. sindhoooo says:

    Thank you Cristiane! Yes, I agree, Indian fashion has its own essence!

  13. Shwetha Bhat says:

    Hey, it is really gorgeous Sindhoooo 🙂

  14. sindhoooo says:

    Thank you very much dear 🙂

    How are you? I hope your research work is completed by this time… Came to know a lot about your dedication and commitment from your mother 🙂 I am proud that I was your classmate once! I hope you have a great future! Best wishes!

  15. manasa says:

    I really hands of his very beautiful painting with you………..

  16. Pretty! This was an extremely wonderful post. Thank you for supplying this

  17. sindhoooo says:

    Glad you like it! Thanks for stopping by! TC! Keep smiling 🙂 Visit again!

  18. sindhoooo says:

    Thank you 🙂

  19. Jaya says:

    lovely work!

  20. sindhoooo says:

    Thank you Jaya 🙂 Glad that you like it 🙂

  21. tanya says:

    You are absolutely amazing bless you for sharing all this wisdom and beauty

  22. sindhoooo says:

    Thank you Tanya, for all the kindness you have 🙂 Glad you like my work 🙂 TC! Keep smiling 🙂

  23. Asmithaaa says:

    Indeed lovely man!!!!!!!!!!

  24. sindhoooo says:

    Thanks for your encouraging words Asmithaaa 🙂 TC! Keep smiling 🙂

  25. Wow, what a beautiful saree! Great work, Sindhu.

  26. sindhoooo says:

    Thank you Kiran for your kind words 🙂 TC! Keep smiling 🙂

  27. sindhoooo says:

    Thank you 🙂 Glad you like it… TC! Keep smiling 🙂

  28. Wow lovely Saree Sindhu 🙂 I was going through your blog and this post caught my eyes. You are good at this. I love floral prints and how nice to see one. Its pretty 🙂

  29. sindhoooo says:

    Thank you very much Vidya for your kind words 🙂 I’m so happy that you looked at Tantu’s old posts… Glad you like this sari painting post. Floral prints are my favourite too!

    TC! Keep smiling 🙂

  30. Unique says:

    Its really beautiful..liked it..

  31. sindhoooo says:

    Thank you! Glad you visited Tantu 🙂 TC! Keep smiling 🙂

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