kantha on dark blue tunic


This tunic also as a motif below the yoke borders.

B&B kan-motif pattern

B&B kan-motif pattern

The motif worked with medium blue, dull gold and white threads.

B&B kan-m1

B&B kan-m1

The motif looked like this after working with dark pink thread.

B&B kan-m2

B&B kan-m2

Some more running stitch filling and stem stitch outlines were done with medium blue and light blue threads.

B&B kan-m3

B&B kan-m3

The motif, after working the antique gold beads inside stem stitches.

B&B kan-m4

B&B kan-m4

The completed tunic-
The yoke with printed fabric-

B&B kan-tunic yoke

B&B kan-tunic yoke

The tunic-

B&B tunic

B&B tunic

The sleeves with printed border.

B&B kan-tunic sleeve

B&B kan-tunic sleeve

I wear this tunic with light blue [same shade as the printed fabric base] leggings. I do tend to work with these colours quite often!

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The pattern for yoke was similar to the sleeves, except for the dark pink details.

B&B kan-pattern yoke

B&B kan-pattern yoke

Filling done on part of the squares.

B&B kan-y1

B&B kan-y1

Triangles on the border worked with the same blue thread.

B&B kan -y2

B&B kan -y2

After working with light blue thread and dull gold thread. The centre space is for the printed light blue fabric.

B&B kan-y3

B&B kan-y3

The crosses done with dull gold cotton skein were worked with running stitch filling in dark pink thread.

B&B kan-s4

B&B kan-s4

The medium shade blue thread was used for lining the oval shapes over the dark pink circles. These  were worked in stem stitch. light blue thread was worked on other part of the triangles on the squares and the border lines.

B&B kan-s5

B&B kan-s5

Tiny antique beads were added inside the oval shapes. The picture is out of focus here.

B&B kan -s6

B&B kan -s6

After completing the embroidery on the sleeves, they were placed on the printed light blue fabric which will the border the sleeves.

B&B kan -s7

B&B kan -s7

I was inspired by tunics embellished by simple Kantha embroidery of Bengal. This embroidery was done mainly on sleeves and front of the tunic. The chosen tunic fabric was dark blue striped Mangalagiri handloom cotton. I had this block printed light blue fabric, which I used for the sleeve border and yoke.
The sleeves-
A geometrical border was drawn on graph sheet.

B&B kan-sleeve pattern

B&B kan-sleeve pattern

The used two strands of cotton skeins in two shades of blue, gold and dark pink. Kantha embroidery is running stitch worked on various patterns. The work looks like weave at some places. Starting with medium blue,

B&B kan-s-1

B&B kan-s-1

The triangles which form the square are also worked with this blue-

B&B kan-s2

B&B kan-s2

Then moved on to golden colour skein

B&B kan-s3

B&B kan-s3