I have been working on designing tunics these days. Iam very fond of handloom cotton fabric available in Madras.Whenever I go there[ which is quite often] I tend to indulge  on a shopping spree. Having bought fabric  for tunics, I start to search for designs,models,types of embroidery.After choosing, I start to work on the pieces, It takes from 3 to 15 days to complete the design, depending on the work involved, then it is given for sewing.On some pieces the embroidery is done after the tunic is made. this is one such piece-

blue with blue beads

blue with blue beads

This is the top of a salwar set. the salwar[loose pant] is a hand woven cotton in blue and black. The top is plain blue, with black buttons[just embelleshment] The embroidery is in light blue thread with blue beads.the stitches are feather and stem.The tunic is in very bright blue, I felt if I use black, it may contrast with the base colour too much, so the lighter shade of the same blue was chosen.

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This year I did a few experiments with beads.I am still quite excited to add beads to my embroidery, it has opened a new door , full of possibilities. I got the idea of  adding beads from browsing the net.I drooled over all the crazy quilts, I didn’t know how and where  to start  with the beads. This yoke is my maiden effort. The tunic is dark red block printed georgette from India. The yoke I did in yellow[ mustard] and green. For the centre, I chose a geometrical design, and a wavy pattern for the outline. The tunic in it’s full glory-5a

5b

 The white colour thread is not so good