June 2011


This beige fabric is printed with traditional Indian pattern.I loved the colour , print and the combination.

beige&green tunic fabric

Generally I would have chosen a green fabric for yoke , but this time it was brown [with maroon mixed up some where]
Pattern- This was a simple phulkari border used for yoke and sleeves.
Colours- Though beige and green with traces of golden yellow would have been perfect, I found the green did not show well in the brown fabric, I kept the beige, yellow and added majenta to enhance the effect.
I started with some green outlines, worked the circles in majenta, then the some triangles in yellow[ the yellow from the tunic fabric did not go well on this brown too].
the yoke-

B>unic- yoke 1

The progress on the next post.

The black yoke with mirror work in three colours is completed.The colours  used are lemon yellow, medium green and medium mauve. the yoke outlines are done in cream.
The yoke when placed over the chanderi fabric before the tunic was sewn looked like this-

cream&black chanderi tunic-2 yoke

The tailor designed the neck based on the yoke pattern and the sewn tunic-

cream & black chanderi -tunic

I could have used many colour combinations with this cream and black background.I could have also embroidered over the printed pattern on the fabric too. This is just to think of different options.
The tunic would have looked good even without any type of embroidery. If that were the case , there wouldn’t have been anything to blog about, it would have just been worn.

This tunic fabric is chanderi cotton & silk mix. Things I know are it comes from a place called Chanderi,it is a woven fabric, on which textile prints are done,quite delicate , to be worn as dress needs lining. I have seen many chanderi sarees, and these days,chanderi dress materials are also available.
When I wanted to design a yoke for this tunic,inspiration was at its all time low. It was nil actually! Then , mirror work was chosen.

Designing was very minimum,just placing of the mirrors in rows.
So far so good,when the choice of colours came, again there was a block, So I ended up working the mirrors in these colours-

cream&black chanderi tunic-working

How well the yoke does not match the tunic will be seen on my next post!

Now that the embroidery is completed, I have added the antique sequins. A leaf shaped sequin is attached to the centre of the motifs. The rest of the sequins are usual ones.
I designed this yoke keeping in mind the different sequins, it was just a matter of choosing the different stitches, which would go well with the sequins. The border patterns would work well for decorative seams too.

blue tunic yoke - completed

The tunic material is dark blue chiffon .I couldn’t find the exact colour material for the yoke.[After embroidering directly on georgette earlier for two tunics,, I learnt my lesson well. Not to do it again for a long time! ].The material was another dark blue with shades of violet. As you can see, it was not too different.

blue tunic- with sewn yoke

After wearing it, I realized that it would have been better if it had been lined with another fabric. Also never thought that the sequins would stand so prominent in this colour.

Iam still detailing this blue tunic in this post.
The small motifs are done in stem stitch, straight stitches,and detached chain.
The border outlines are done in back stitch, buttonhole stitch variation and rows of arrowhead stitchor zigzag back stitch.

blue chiffon tunic-2

Whenever I see any motif block printed fabric, I get fascinated. All kinds of different embroidery ideas float on my mind, to embellish them. For this yoke, I chose a simple motif pattern, and worked three different stitches.
When I was busy getting inspired by the tunic on fashion show, I overlooked a small detail- the yoke was printed with the motifs! The embroidery was done only for the border. This detail I found after completing this tunic! it would have really saved time.

When I was watching India fashion week, I was quite taken by a traditional tunic design. the material was silk [georgette or chiffon] with an embroidered yoke. the yoke was block printed with filling pattern, and the embroidery was done for the border, and the outlines of the printed design. This was the inspiration.
Without comprehending the whole design, I started my design process. I had to do some motif repeats for the centre, and small borders too. Later decided to add antique gold sequins to enhance, the embroidery, after all, the tunic was silk chiffon. The first stage of the design-

blue chiffon yoke-1

Will continue with the details on my next post.

I worked on this a few years ago. Even though, the size doesn’t fit , it still hangs in my wardrobe,.
The fabric is mangalagiri handloom cotton in cream with zari border. Golden yellow salwar[Indian pants] completed the set.
The embroidery was worked on a sewn tunic.
I mixed and matched two , three designs to get this embroidery pattern.
All stitches was done in two strands of cotton skeins.
The stitches- chain, stem,buttonhole, herringbone, raised herringbone, chain and stem filling, fly, satin

The centre close up-

cream tunic-1

Close up of the side-

cream tunic-2

The tunic-

cream tunic-3

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