I was in India till last week.went there for a wedding.So I didn’t have time to work on my needlework challenge, now that this feeble excuse is out of my chest, I’ll start with the details of this tunic-
This is a rebirth for this tunic, In its previous life[ if I can call it that!], it was a dupatta[swawl, stole].It lost its purpose, so now it is reborn as a tunic.
The fabric is mangalagiri cotton in marroon[ deep red].For sleeves and yoke, two different printed cottons are used.The yoke and the salwar is the same , the sleeves are different[my tailor was hesitant to attach this fabric for sleeves, but I insisted] and Iam happy with it.The usual mangalagiri zari border is sewn on the sides. now for the tunic-
I used antique sequins and Anchor cotton skein # 386 for kutch work.The pattern was drawn in freehand, keeping in line with the neck seam[?] this took awhile,since symmetry was important. after finishing the kutchwork, the sequins were attached. later I added a running stitch outline over the paisleys on the yoke, with randomly placed sequins.
The yoke fabric is ‘kadi’ print- the gold effect keeps vanishing with each wash, so the running stitch outline seems like a good idea now!