The tunic fabric is kalamkari block printed handloom cotton.

black kalamkari with mirrors-fabric

black kalamkari with mirrors-fabric

I loved the colour and print of the fabric so much that, I was not planning to do any embellishment on it. When an idea for a broad neck came into mind, I drew a pattern with two borders and one with mirrors. The embroidery was done on black cloth, with the round mirrors worked in black. Red colour was also brought into this work, along with medium blue and cream. The tunic-

black kalamkari with mirrors tunic

black kalamkari with mirrors tunic

Border for sleeves and centre was taken from another tunic fabric. The detail picture-

black kalamkari with mirrors-detail

black kalamkari with mirrors-detail

The fillings were worked with herringbone stitches, outlines were worked with back and chain stitches. I used three strands of cotton skeins. And the spaces between the mirrors were worked in fly stitches.
The tunic fabric is light weight cotton, feels so cool in summer. After giving it to the tailor, I was concerned that the weight of the mirrors might sag the neck in the front. Thank God, It doesn’t. Surprisingly a salwar of the same blue on the tunic was also available to be worn with this top.