February 2010


pink and green salwar set

I was in India for Diwali celebration last year.Where I bought this tussar salwar set.I liked the dark olive green and medium pink set, but felt I may not use the dupatta[stole], block printed in black, with a zari border as much as the salwar set. this was the set before my handling.

This narrow yoke pattern  is for the green top-

paper pattern

 The salwar being medium pink, the embroidery was made in medium-light pink.

pink yoke

The green looks like brown, but it is  green, with woven stripes.After borrowing the border from the stole, the finished  tunic looks like this[ by my tailor]-

pink yoke on green tunic

I think the stripes were not  on the length, but on the width.In this wider is not better at all, but still have to live with it.

 Now for the block printed stole, I chose a black  fabric for yoke.I had used antique gold sequins for the green tunic.This time it is the dark pink zardosi work[lupions?] where you cut the hollow wire , into desired length and use it as beads. Traditional Indian  pattern is used for the embroidery,-

It is  easier to choose colour combinations, with this type of contrast. After choosing a black background, just place the closely related skeins on the pink silk and pickout the shades.This contrast  is alltime  favourite.-

Black and pink tunic

Along with the satisfaction of designing two tunics from one set, The thought  that PINK seems to pervade too many of my tunics!

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For some time, I  had the idea of  doing a whole project in satin stitch.The inspiration came from seeing-persian/chinese/chinai embroidery on some designer satin silk sarees.The embroidery is done in single colour.This time, it was aneck pattern , not the usual yoke pattern.I had a pink salwar[I ndian tunic pants]. The fabric was a chiffon in a very dark blue.It is not possible[ or just plain hard] to do satin st on chiffon. So a blueish pink silk cotton was chosen to do the embroidery.The embroidered piece before attaching to the tunic-

embroidery on neck

The pattern is taken from persian embroidery design, I tilted the motifs to my reqiurements for the neckline.

 The completed tunic-

blue and pink tunic

It looks better in real than in picture!