I had a red south handloom cotton with a yellow border. I asked the tailor to attach the
3-inch thick border in front[horizontally]and the sleeves. This type of tunic design was popular at that time. This colour combination was common on kanjeevaram silk sarees.
The border already had temple[pyramid] and checked pattern .
For the neck, the stitches were herringbone and detached chain.
On the other side of the border, I worked a row of cross stitch and a variation of fly stitch.
Then, for the central yoke-
I chose a diamond kutchwork pattern and repeated it in medium yellow, to form a small border, in between did some small kutchwork motifs in darker yellow and green.
Followed by rows of decorative stitches-
Stem stitch, herringbone, detached chain,chain , buttonhole[ with varying heights]
Small kutchwork in green and dark yellow on the valleys of buttonhole.
Then finishing off with a variation of the diamond kutchwork motif.
The green thread looks like bluish green in the picture. Choosing colours for this tunic was very easy[ traditional].I wore this for a long time. Since , I don’t want to say I had gained extra weight, let’s declare that , the tunic shrunk after a few years!
I wore a yellow[ border colour] Indian pants for this tunic.