Statutory warning- people should wear dark glasses before looking at this tunic!
The embroidery design for this tunic is based on ethnic mirror work on a simple yoke. The tunic is yellow, with sleeves in gold printed black with a gold printed pink.

blakcykmiryellowtunic-fabrics

blakcykmiryellowtunic-fabrics

By chance I found a shop in Chennai selling these mirrors. Mirrors for stitching are generally round or square. The print pattern on the black fabric matched these mirrors.

blackykmiryellowtunic-mirrors

blackykmiryellowtunic-mirrors

The print on black fabric repeated for the yoke-

blakcykmiryellowtunic-pattern

blakcykmiryellowtunic-pattern

Starting with chain stitches in yellow and cream-

blakcykmiryellowtunic-WIP1

blakcykmiryellowtunic-WIP1

After working the mirrors with different coloured threads. The Indian ethnic element in full force!

blakcykmiryellowtunic-yoke

blakcykmiryellowtunic-yoke

The tunic after treatment by the tailor-

black yoke mirrors on yellow tunic

black yoke mirrors on yellow tunic

The yoke detail, I wish the tailor had avoided the piece around the neck line, sometimes his enthusiasm leads to these finishing effects.

blackykmirywllowtunic-det

blackykmirywllowtunic-det

The fabric is handloom coarse cotton and it is cool to wear it in hot summers, still the yellow is too bright for the eyes. I should probably not inflict this colour attack on the people who look at it!

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