brown kalamkari tunic


The completed yoke with the sequin and the beads when placed over the kalamkari fabric.

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The sewn tunic with embroidered yoke and border-

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The close up of the yoke-

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At the time of working on this yoke, I had not got into the habit of picturing the work in progress. These days , I take pictures at different stages of embroidery to understand more.
So the next picture was taken after completing the stitches , before I added the sequins and the beads.

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I did not take many pictures while embroidering this tunic. The stitches used in this embroidery were-
Straight stitch, back stitch, stem stitch. Fly stitch, chain stitch, herringbone stitch, detached chain stitch and double cross stitch.
After tracing the design on to the fabric, the first colour-

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This is the only picture I  have of the work in progress.

I bought this kalamkari[ vegetable dye work from Andhra Pradesh, India] block printed material over 15 years ago. The salwar[thick] fabric and the dupatta[shawl][thin] were a pair. The tunic top for this set was in maroon. I did some kutch work on this top and wore this set for some time. I don’t have the picture  of that set now. The top was given away. Then I made another top in dark peach colour. I had worked a simple border embellished with wooden beads. I kept the dupatta , while giving away the set.
This time around the duppatta was on its way to become a tunic. A maroon colour fabric was chosen for the yoke. The idea was to work embroidery on traditional Indian design embellishing with antique beads and sequins.
The tunic [duppatta] fabric-

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