I wanted mix and match two different fabrics on a tunic. The tunic was orange and yellow woven ikat fabric, to match with this a block printed cotton fabric was chosen. After this step, there was no design idea forthcoming to do what I wanted. An idea in the form of plain maroon fabric, which could be used for the borders and the salwar [Indian pants] came into mind.
Then I drew a very simple geometrical pattern for the borders and yoke on a graph paper and traced them on to the maroon fabric. I did not have look far for the colours for embroidery, they were taken from the two tunic fabrics. A light beige colour thread was added to give contrast.
The stitches used were- fly stitch, herringbone filling, straight stitches and back stitch. The yoke-
The tailor made a good job of sewing everything together. The sleeve with the embroidered border.
The tunic being cotton is very comfortable to wear during summer, which is 9 months in a year!
The printed fabric looks dull compared to the ikat. That was the reason why this tunic needed an embroidery on maroon fabric. Another way of enhancing this tunic would be to embroider over the block prints. The idea is late for this tunic, maybe I‘ll use this for another fabric.