thoran


My nephew[ Bala] got engaged to [Charanya] a few weeks ago. I wanted to make handmade things to make the engagement more personalized for them. My nephew also worked with me on these projects.
The first project was to make cloth hanger.
In our community, writing and reading of the marriage invitation is done at an auspicious time at the engagement. This project was done with the idea of pasting the written invitation on to the hanger.
The cloth hanger [is called MADAL in our language] with the invitation-

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We did two pieces, one for the groom and another for the bride.
The cloth used was light weight velvet fabric in dark mejenta. The tassels-

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The fabric was folded and the tassels were stitched on to it.

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The border for the hanger-

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My nephew [the groom] cutting the double edged tape to the size of the border.

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First stage of attaching the border.

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The borders –

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The second part-
One feet long bamboo sticks and thick zari cord were used as hangers.

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The ends were sealed with molded craft m-seal and painted with yellow pearl paint.

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The painting is completed-

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Majenta stones were glued to the stick ends-

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The hanger is getting dry.

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The cloth hangers are ready for the next stage .

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The hanger looked different in sunlight.

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The two parts of the hanger are together with the help of double edged tape.

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This handmade paper was glued and sewn on to the hangers, the special sheet over which the invitation would be written can be attached to this paper during the engagement function.

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The picture of the cloth hanger with the invitation. This picture was taken by a photographer. The invitation was written in our language.

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The embroidery on this black yoke for the bright yellow chiffon tunic is completed . I am not detailing much about the stitches used in this project. They are simple stitches used for gujarati embroidery. I worked the embroidery in two strands of cotton skeins, to have the extra depth. The same pattern in a smaller scale worked in single strand of thread looks very beautiful. I have seen these types of wall hangings, thorans, this embroidery in single strand is done in silk fabric.
Now for the central motif-

yellow and black tunic- central motif detail

The fully completed yoke placed over the tunic , with the border-

completed yoke on tunic with border

The yoke sewn on the tunic, no one can deny that the tunic is bright! Right?

yellow &black tunic

The close up of the completed tunic-

yellow& black tunic -closeup

I have worn this top with  black jeans.

It has more than a month since I wrote a post. I went to India  to participate in the engagement of my nephew,Bablu.. This is an arranged marriage.The bride’s name is Gayathri- very sweet girl. group

 I had  a wonderful time. On the auspisious time ,the priest reads aloud the marriage invitation, so we made adecorative panels[madal] to stick the invitation-madal-blue     

 

 

   madal-orange                          the bride’s            groom                                                                             

 

 

 

I made 2 boxes to store these panels-box-orange

box-blue

 

 

 

We also made a thoran[flower arrangement on the entry way]

we tied short artificial  flower strips together , to achieve this result-thoran

The previous day was the valentine’s day- for this we  designed a chocolate bouquet-chocolate-bouquet

I also enjoyed embroidering  my nephews kurthas-bablu-kurtha  bala-kurtha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wore a kancheevaram silk sari[veldhari- horizontalgold thread all over]

Iam here with my manni[brother’s wife] . these are her sons. The dark green sari is our family friend-tast-123

I’ll continue  with my embroidery details from the next post. Thankyou  all for all the wonderful comments , you have taken effort to send.  These are helping me a lot.I’ll deal with your requests for your tutorials. after I tackle my stitch challenges, I have just started on my stitch explorer challenge.-chicken scratch