Vintage American Styling Meets Vintage Indian Saris


Here is an example of upcycled materials and vintage styling being hybridized to create The Salvage Revolution product. Our Sari Shirt is a Bohemian interpretation cut from a combination of five different vintage silk sari prints. Each sari is one-of-a-kind in our collection, yielding a maximum of 10 shirts in one combination. After the sari is sanitized, the shirts are cut one-at-a-time to best engineer print motif placement on each panel. This process is as far removed from “fast fashion” as can be imagined. Salvaged buttons are also utilized.

The styling really speaks to the integrity of The Salvage Revolution agenda. From our archive, we have created the pattern for this shirt from a women’s bowling team shirt that probably dates from the 1960’s. The manufacturer’s label says “Mr. Mort’s Bowling Apparel, made in California”. There is no evidence of a care label ever being sewn into the garment, which suggests that the garment was produced before 1972. (A fiber content label was not required until mid 80’s.) Internet searches produced claims from sellers of vintage apparel that Mr. Mort’s products date back to the 50’s, which could be disputed by the fact that Mr. Mort’s company was not incorporated until 1972 and a counter argument could be made that he did business before incorporation. The company was dissolved in 1986.

The shirt itself is made of fabric that drapes and burn-tested as rayon. It was purchased by Marco in 1977 from a famous vintage clothing store on Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles called Aardvark’s Odd Ark. The bowling team name, Calnev Pipeline Co, is embroidered on the back with a Vermicelli machine chain stitch (evidence that could support a production date in the 60’s). The team member’s first name, Ruth, is embroidered above the left breast and last name, Gordon, on the back left shoulder. It seems unlikely that this is the same Ruth Gordon who starred in the classic film “Harold and Maude”.

 It has been mentioned in a previous blog post that Marco is a bit of a forensic nerd.