traditional Indian pattern


RPW 2016
This week’s chart on Randje per week 2016 challenge was completed on Saturday, the day it was posted.
Grey crepe tunic
The progress is quite slow on this tunic. Another motif was completed on the front of the tunic. Though it is chain stitch filling in one colour at this time [the stitches in blue thread was worked first], and I work for two hours in a day, the progress is very slow.

WIPW78-greytunickashmiri-4

WIPW78-greytunickashmiri-4

We are still working on the pink and blue raw tunic for my friend. Double cross stitch variations with beads are worked over evenly placed marks on the sleeves.

WIPW78-pink&lue-1

WIPW78-pink&bluetunic-1

TAST 2016
The samples of this week’s Vandyke stitch on TAST 2016 was already worked in 2013. This was posted on facebook group page yesterday

This past week was pretty exciting on embroidery workwise. The embroidery on chanderi tunic was done up to this point. More chain stitches were worked in dark brown thread

WIPW58-redchant-4

WIPW58-redchant-4

I have started working on the first page of the fabric sampler book. It is harder to work than I had anticipated. The idea to stitch the book in this manner seems good. The embroidery ideas are chosen from samples which were interesting for me. This is exciting. But it is not so easy to decode the stitches that are used on these samples. It takes time. So, they are worked spaced with exploring other ideas. The TAST stitches also are experimented in this sampler. With all the inspiration from the facebook page, it is very stimulating to work on these stitches. The posts on this stitch sampler are here.

This type of tunic with simple embroidery is always in fashion. The tunic fabric is handloom cotton.

beimarstrit-fabric

beimarstrit-fabric

I had another handloom [mangalagiri] cotton fabric with zari border. The pattern was drawn on that.

beimarstrit-1

beimarstrit-1

The embroidery was worked with cotton skeins, metallic thread and stones were added as embellishments. Herringbone filling stitch was done in red thread.

beimarstrit-2

beimarstrit-2

The same stitch was used with the beige thread too.

beimarstrit-3

beimarstrit-3

The outline was done with gold metallic thread, worked like this it looks like Aari work. This I have to learn one day.

beimarstrit-4

beimarstrit-4

The last part of this piece was completed with stones.

beimarstrit-5

beimarstrit-5

The tailor did a good job of sewing this tunic, again I love the neck line. The extra zari borders were sewn on the sleeves.

beige maroon striped tunic

beige maroon striped tunic

The pattern for this embroidery.

beimarstrit-pattern

beimarstrit-pattern

The detail –

beige maroon striped tunic detail

beige maroon striped tunic detail

 This tunic is worn  with maroon jeggings. The fabric feels very cool in summer. I feel the zari border played a big part in this tunic project.

 

Few more edges were completed on last year’s Randje per week challenge. I had started them during the course of last year, when they were posted on their site. These edges are available on the site till March this year.

wipw36-rpw2014-64to71

wipw36-rpw2014-64to71

I started with metallic thread on the embroidery on dark blue fabric to be sewn on blue green crepe tunic fabric later. The design is traditional Indian. Some elements of a border from a design book by artist K.Prakash were the inspiration for this pattern. This embroidery will have stitches in gold colour threads and bluish green threads. Embellishments are also part of this project.

wipw36-blugrencrepet-2

wipw36-blugrencrepet-2

I have two long stitch kits, one of which I started a while ago. Thinking if it is included in this post, it might start moving forward. Even an half an hour work every week on this project would help it a bit. It needs encouragement. That’s for next week.

This tunic fabric is cotton with block printed motifs in grey and blue colours wit border.

whigreyblu-fabric

whigreyblu-fabric

The embroidery was worked with cotton skeins and metallic silver thread. First thread was grey. Herringbone stitch fillings and chain stitch outlines were done with this thread.

whigreyblu-1

whigreyblu-1

Three shades of same blue were used. first was the medium blue thread. The stitches were the same.

whigreyblu-2

whigreyblu-2

Again the fillings are done with herringbone stitches and the outlines in chain stitch.

whigreyblu-3

whigreyblu-3

The lightest blue is used for outline.

whigreyblu-4

whigreyblu-4

After working the embroidery with cotton skeins, the silver metallic thread was used to define the outlines and other smaller details.

whigreyblu-5

whigreyblu-5

The last thread on this project was white cotton skein.

whigreyblu-6

whigreyblu-6

This embroidered centre piece was sewn on to the tunic by the tailor, who did a great job on the neckline.

white grey blue tunic

white grey blue tunic

The closer look of the tunic.

whigreyblu-detail

whigreyblu-detail

The pattern of this centre piece, based on traditional Indian design.

whigreyblu-pattern

whigreyblu-pattern

This was a simple embroidery, I like working on traditional designs.

In this project the embroidery was worked on a ready to wear tunic. The tunic was bought at a shop-FabIndia- which specializes on Indian handloom ethnic wear. The tussar silk stole with metallic block print-

greentussar-duppata

greentussar-duppata

A tussar silk tunic to match this stole-

greetussar-1

greetussar-1

A traditional Indian pattern-

greetussar- pattern

greetussar- pattern

The threads were fine silk, cotton skeins and metallic gold. Started the embroidery with medium blue silk thread- chain stitch and herringbone.

greetussar-2

greetussar-2

Darker blue silk thread for inner row of chain stitch and double herringbone filling.

greetussar-3

greetussar-3

Green cotton skein for chain stitch on stem, leaf stitch.

greetussar-4

greetussar-4

White silk thread used for chain stitch.

greetussar-5

greetussar-5

Finally chain stitch embellishing was done with gold metallic thread.

greetussar-6

greetussar-6

Detail-

greetussar-7

greetussar-7

These Indian stoles[ dupattas] are quite long- 2.5 metres. They need to be worn over both shoulders, otherwise we’ll be sweeping the ground stylishly! This embroidery was worked in the centre just below the neck, where it can be seen. A small motif with all the colours on the duppata seemed ideal. This pattern works well for Aari work too.

Added later-

Queenie requested to see the embroidered tunic with dupatta.

The embroidered tunic with dupatta-

Greetussar-8

Greetussar-8

When the dupatta worn over both shoulders

greetussar-9

greetussar-9

I use these plastic loops for embroidery. Remove them when they are not in use.

embroidery loops

embroidery loops

This tunic fabric had all the aspects I wanted- crepe material, black and red colours, traditional Indian pattern print all over. I couldn’t resist buying it.
The neck pattern for embroidery was also drawn in the same theme, traditional Indian design.

blackredcrepe-pattern

blackredcrepe-pattern

I chose black satin fabric for working this embroidery. It was hard taking a clear picture without the satin sheen. The embroidery was done with chain stitch, resembling aari work with zardosi beads and stones. It is easy to work Indian embroidery styles on traditional Indian designs.

blackred crepe-emb

blackred crepe-emb

The completed tunic-

black red crepe tunic

black red crepe tunic

Embroidery and embellishment detail-

blackred crepe-det

blackred crepe-det

I wear this tunic with black silk salwar. But It is so hot now, I feel I am melting, at the thought of wearing this outfit!

The ikat fabric was bought at a sale in Chennai. There was an exhibition of woven and embroidered fabrics from Indian states at Valluvar Kottam complex. My sister in law wanted to see the sarees that were on sale. But I bought two ikat fabrics, while she did not buy any. These fabrics were intricately woven and they were expensive, but worth for the work done. This ikat I matched with antique violet handloom fabric with woven stripes.

goikatviolettunic-fabrics

goikatviolettunic-fabrics

I had with me this woven border fabric. This was used for the sleeves and front of the tunic.

goikatviolettunic-borders fabric

goikatviolettunic-borders fabric

Traditional Indian motifs were drawn for the embroidery. Surface embroidery stitches- fly, chain, straight, buttonhole, running stitches were used. This picture is of the embroidery detail before working the outlines in white. Cotton skiens were used for this work.

goikatviolettunic-WIP

goikatviolettunic-WIP

The tunic-

gold ikat violet tunic

gold ikat violet tunic

Detail of the front-

goikatviolettunic-det

goikatviolettunic-det

The ikat fabric is finer count than the violet fabric, so it clings a bit, the back is with violet fabric alone

My second nephew got married last year. I have two nephews, For the engagement, I designed and embroidered two kurthas for each one of them.. Both these fabrics were fine silk. This blue kurtha was designed for the elder one [Deepak]. We found a tailor, who was willing to cut the fabric for working this embroidery.

emb on blue kurtha-pattern

emb on blue kurtha-pattern

The embroidery was done in chain stitches. Silver metallic, light blue and white were the fine silk threads that were used for the embroidery.

emb on blue kurtha-emb

emb on blue kurtha-emb

Being a festive occasion, small stones  and silver beads were used for embellishments. The embroidery and embellishments –

emb on blue kurtha

emb on blue kurtha

The detail-

emb on blue kurtha- detail

emb on blue kurtha- detail

The tailor did his job and my nephew wore this tunic during the occasion.

embroidery on blue kurtha- Deepak, my nephew

embroidery on blue kurtha- Deepak, my nephew

I designed and embroidered a kurtha for the groom. Which will be my next post.

This beaded neck pattern was especially designed for my niece. She [Gayathri] loves maroon colour and antique gold beads.
The pattern-

gbeads on maroon-pattern

gbeads on maroon-pattern

The embroidery – chain stitch outlines, back stitch were worked with antique gold metallic thread and silk threads.

gbeads on maroon-emb

gbeads on maroon-emb

The sequins with round beads detail-

gbeads on maroon-sequins

gbeads on maroon-sequins

Detail of the round beads around the neck

gbead on maroon-round beads

gbead on maroon-round beads

Edging with oval beads details-

gbeads on maroon neck-oval beads

gbeads on maroon neck-oval beads

The neck-

gold beads on maroon neck design

gold beads on maroon neck design

I did not buy the tunic, because she wanted do the matching on her own.

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