August 2011


Thus the tunic is completed with the different treatments to the mirror worked florals.
Generally I work on symmetrical patterns, this time it was refreshing to work on this pattern.I did not have repeat everything twice, sometimes if I have sleeves to embroider, then it is a four times repeat.
The tunic along with the salwar-

yellow mirrorwork tunic set

The completed tunic-

yellow mirrorwork tunic

The border is partially seen on the sleeves. in this picture.
The treatments around the floral mirrors can be used as decorative stitches too.

The next part of the embroidery design on this tunic.
The pattern starts from the right shoulder, ends at the waist.
The top part of the embroidery was on my previous post, the rest of the pattern is on this post.

yellow mirrorwork tunic part design-2

This was the first time that I used mirror work as a flower motif, the stitches around the mirrors are worked to enhance that effect. I enjoyed working on this pattern very much.
The tunic on my next post.

The colours used in this embroidery are based on the colours of the salwar print.
The embroidery pattern fills the front of the tunic, till waist length.
The left side , the mirrorwork motifs.
The right side is the pattern, which is made of different flowers.
The flower centre is a mirror, the outline are worked with different embroidery stitches.
The top part of the design-

yellow mirrorwork part design-1

The rest of the design on my next post.

This pink tunic and its salwar are handloom cotton fabrics.
The design for this embroidery was taken from a embroidery design book. there it was on small scale, I enlarged it to suit my requirement.
The colours chosen for the embroidery are from the block printed salwar –

yellow mirrorwork tunic

The salwar fabric also had a border, which I used for the sleeves.
The mirrors worked in this tunic are used as a flower for a small motif-

yellow mirrorwork motif

Other parts of the embroidery on my next post.

After working on the kutchwork tutorials  for woven kutchwork, I got so inspired that I  drew a yoke  design with simple woven kutchwork patterns. I have just started  working  the embroidery. The tutorial for the first pattern is posted here.

 The tutorials for basic kutchwork are available on the net. this tutorial is based on the assumption that, the users are comfortable with the working of basic kutchwork .

So Iam working only on specific patterns .I want to concentrate on woven kutchwork motifs and my own geometrical kutchwork motifs.

 Use this tutorial, and  All the Best!

 I forgot to add link. now it’s fine.

With this detail the yoke design is complete. The length of the yoke is 18 inches. The neck is not part of the design.

Whenever I work on these type of traditional designs, I generally cover the area with embroidery and embellishments . But for this design, embroidery was worked on the traced lines only. Mirrors were the only addition.
The embroidery was used just to enhance the colours on this tunic.
The last part of the yoke-

blue green tunic closeup-3

I wear a light green mercerized cotton salwar [Indian pants] for this tunic.
The full yoke-

blue and green tunic

I am fond of paisley designs, this pattern has 6 paisleys. This pattern would also work for –kashmiri embroidery,bead work ,kantha work and sequin work.

In this tunic, the inspiration for the colours came from a kanjeevaram silk saree. The body of the saree was in blue, the border and pallu[ the part , which hangs over the shouder] were in light green colour. the border and pallu had zari woven all over.
With the blue colour as the tunic fabric, the colour choice was- light green to lemon yellow, from white to medium blue for the embroidery.
The next part of the yoke-

blue&green tunic-closeup2

This tunic is more than five years old, this was the first time I used silk thread for embroidery. I have been using silk threads quite often after this.
The complete yoke on my next post.

I am a fan of Indian traditional designs.
South India, where I come from, is also famous for kanjeevaram silk sarees.
The colours of these silk sarees also captivate me. I liked this blue and green combination, which I thought would work well for tunic design also.
The pattern for this embroidered yoke is a combination paisleys, florals and mirrors.
The stitches used were-chain, longand short, stem, buttonhole frenchknots and mirror work.
A part of the yoke, starting from the neck-

blue&green tunic-closeup1

The yoke design is spread over half of the front side of the tunic.I did not work on the sleeves. Will continue with the tunic on my next post.

This is the first time I tried working zardosi embroidery.
This embroidery is quite prevalent in north India and Pakistan. The embroidery is very old. I do not know whether it came during mughal period or before that. In this embroidery , metallic tubes[ I think, Lupions] are used to fill various shapes- flowers, leaves, paisleys etc,.
Sometimes these shapes are outlined with threads , other times they are left as it is. This embroidery is worked on wedding and other festive clothing.Men’s wear also are embellished with zardosi.
The embroidery patterns are generally, florals, geometric shapes.
The embroidery is done in aari work, the metallic tubes are stitched by hand. the work is quite time consuming. So they are costly also.
These days , there are lots of commercially done pieces , which are easily available. The embroidery done on them are not of good quality, especially the work done on sarees and lehengas.the fabric used is also very cheap.
When I wanted to do this embroidery, the lupions were not easy to buy, I got these from Hyderabad, near Charminar.
With the materials in hand I started with a medium sized paisley motif with neck design.
The tunic fabric was mercerized cotton in green colour.
The embroidery was done in light green for leaves and very light green for stem. The flowers I worked in zardosi embroidery. I did not outline the flowers[ at that time I did not know that could be done].
The tunic-

green zardosi

In the close up it is clearly seen that Iam yet to acquire the technique if this art-

green zardosi-closeup

After looking at lots of zardosi embroidery pieces , now I have understood other aspects of this embroidery. Still, Iam in the learning process. And this tunic is also one of my favourites.

The rest of the yoke-
As mentioned earlier, the rest of the yoke is designed as a continuation of the paisley pattern.
I drew semi-circles around the buttons, and worked them with mirrors, chain st and kutch work.
For the central motif, a regular kutch square, with mirrors were worked , around that motif, a chain stitch line and kutch work line , similar to paisley was worked . It was completed with kutch work in semi circle, and a single mirror.

yellow tunic - centre design

The tunic with fully embroidered yoke looks like this-

yellow tunic

I wear a black churidar or black tights for this tunic. I played safe in choosing the colours. This combination always works out fine. Whenever a design is borrowed [ in this case from a book] I tend to go with time tested colours .
I don’t know, whether this pattern can be called my own or not.
Earlier , I had worked a yoke , fully worked in kutch work in black. There , the fabric had more orange, this tunic fabric has more yellow.

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