tunics 2011


The embroidery on this mirror yoke is further worked in blue and yellow .
The small triangle shapes around the mirrors were filled with chain stitches in medium blue colour.

ge&bl-miryk-2

ge&bl-miryk-2

The mirrors are always worked in the last stage, because it is difficult to work with embroidery loop after working the mirrors. The mirror shapes are outlined in chain stitch in lemon yellow thread.[my idea at this stage was to buy a yellow printed fabric for the tunic]

gr&bl miryk-3

gr&bl miryk-3

The yoke looked like this after working the mirrors.one mirror caught the flash!

gr&bl miryk-4

gr&bl miryk-4

Another view without flash.

gr&bl miryk-5

gr&bl miryk-5

I couldn’t get the right fabric in blue or yellow for this yoke, tried swing towards white with black prints and settled at last on dark green ikat fabric with blue and yellow streaks on its weave. I was not sure whether this fabric will suit the young girl, but she loved it and I was happy!

This is a simple yoke with mirrors. The yoke fabric is mangalagiri cotton in yellow/green. The embroidery is done with cotton skeins. This was for my friend’s daughter. Idea was to work with bright colours and I also liked this green and blue combination.
The pattern-

grbl miryk-pattern

grbl miryk-pattern

Chain stitch outlines were worked with three strands of light blue thread.

grbl-miryk-1

grbl-miryk-1

Medium size mirrors were attached in the central spaces. Small antique gold beads went along with the colour scheme, so they were worked inside the kutchwork motifs.

crky-br-6

crky-br-6

Cream thread was used extensively for outlines and for embellishing the flowers with straight and fly stitches. Small mirrors were worked inside the flowers.

crky-br-7

crky-br-7

The completed tunic-

cream kutchwork on brown tunic-1

cream kutchwork on brown tunic-1

The neck detail

crky-br-tunic2

crky-br-tunic2

The tunic set-

cream kutchwork on brown tunic set

cream kutchwork on brown tunic set

The experiment of drawing freeform kutchwork was quite rewarding in this tunic. I may try this idea in future, but not immediately! The colour scheme with mirrors also enhanced this yoke pattern.

Satin stitches were worked on the patterns over the paisley on both sides in green metallic thread.

crky-br-3

crky-br-3

After outlining these shapes, light copper colour silk thread was used to fill the flowers [petals?]

crky-br-4

crky-br-4

Since, I couldn’t get away from geometric kutch motif, it was worked with red thread with a space for working a big mirror!

crky-br-5

crky-br-5

I was in India for my nephew’s wedding. After enjoying thoroughly, we returned to Muscat last week. But the routine is starting slowly. I‘ll post the details of the embroidery on bridal gifts after organizing the pictures.
Now for the details of this tunic, I had bought this salwar from FabIndia.

crky-br-fabric

crky-br-fabric

A brown handloom cotton fabric with green streaks was chosen for the tunic. Generally I chose kutchwork motifs, borders drawn on graph paper, but for this tunic a freeform of kutchwork was worked with other stitches, beads and mirrors.
The kutchwork pattern on the yoke-
crky-br-1
The neckline with paisley and central motif.
crky-br-2

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!

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

Chain stitches were worked with bluish green thread.

mccreamyk-3

mccreamyk-3

The curves connecting the border and the small squares were worked in chain stitches with light green thread

mccreamyk-4

mccreamyk-4

The closer look of the embroidery.

mccreamyk-closeup

mccreamyk-closeup

I gave this embroidered yoke to my friend.it was hard choosing colours without seeing the background fabric, because I sometimes get inspired by seeing the fabric to be embroidered. I generally use colours similar to vegetable dye ,which is important aspect of kalamkari fabrics, to work , but this time it was different

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