I had this plain handloom mangalagiri tunic in red. This was to be a short tunic or kurthi to be worn with black jeans. There was also a semi white fabric block printed with red borders. I had asked the tailor to mark the places for embroidery, namely, the sleeves and the neckline, which he did.
The embroidery pattern-

redmironredtunic-pattern

redmironredtunic-pattern

This pattern was the sleeves and a part of it was for the centre of the kurthi, below the neckline. The kutch work pattern and the mirrors were all worked with red thread. The mirrors inside the squares were outlined with black thread and the rest of the mirrors were outlined with peach silk thread. The centre-

redmironredtunic-centre

redmironredtunic-centre

The pictures were taken after the tunic was sewn by the tailor. The border on sleeves.

redmironredtunic-slborder

redmironredtunic-slborder

The embroidery on sleeves-

redmironredtunic-sleevesemb

redmironredtunic-sleevesemb

The tunic-

red mirrors on red tunic

red mirrors on red tunic

The fabric being handloom cotton was slightly transparent, the tailor wanted to attach a lining fabric for this, which I convinced him was not necessary. After a wash, it was no more transparent. There was a concern about the red running into the white borders which fortunately did not happen.

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