Black mirror work tunic

The daylight is getting shorter these days. I am not able to work for more time. The progress on projects is slow. Maybe due to dark colours being used. The challenge stitches are kept aside for a while.
The mirrors were stitched on this black border. Feeling the white open chain stitch gives too much of a contrast to the black mirrors. Initially wanted to work some silver beads over them, a friend suggested a red colour option. Trying that option, dark red stones are being stitched on the open chain stitches.
I started working on the cross stitch project, which is birthday gift. It is specifically designed to fit a square frame from IKEA. I had already presented a printed card which fitted this frame to his wife two years ago. Project might take longer than I anticipated. The pictures will be posted after the frame has been gifted. The challenges will be started after this project.

I had posted a red ikat tunic here.
The yoke was taken from this old tunic.
Fabric-black mangalagiri cotton with red border[seen on yoke]
Pattern-simple geometrical pattern.
Embroidery-the main show is mirrorwork, spaces filled with straight and herringbone stitches.

black mirrorwork-1


black mirrorwork closeup

I wore a red block printed[in black] salwar for this tunic.
Mangalagiri cotton was so soft,even being black,it felt cool in summer.