This tunic was worked in 2013. The fabric is mangalagiri cotton. We call this colour as sandalwood colour. This fabric was fairly thin for it to be used for chikan work embroidery.
Though generally,  the chikan work embroidery being shadow work, the closed herringbone stitches are worked on the wrong side of the fabric. There are many exceptions to this.
I wanted to work closed herringbone stitches on both sides of the fabric.
The tunic.
sandal-chikan-tunic
The tailor had marked the sleeves and the front of the tunic. The yoke pattern
sanchik-yokepat
The yoke and the sleeve embroidery patterns were traced on to the fabric.
sanchik-sleevepat
The threads used were-
sanchik-threads
Starting with darkest colour, the closed herringbone stitches were worked.
sanchik-1
The next colour was also worked in the same manner.
sanchik-2
The third colour which was very light compared to the other two was worked on the right side of the fabric. This time it was fish bone stitch.
sanchik-3
Cream colour thread was used for outlines and french knots.
sanchik-yokedet
The sleeves were worked in the same manner.
sanchik-sleeve-det
The detail of the tunic.
sandal-chikan-tunic-det
Early 2013, my computer had some problem, and I lost most of the images of the details of the embroidery projects worked after june 2012. This kept me discouraged for quite some time. So there is a backlog of project details from 2013. I am hoping to post these whenever time permits.

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The paisley designs are associated with mango in Indian tradition. They are called as mango in all languages and not paisley here. While starting this design, the idea of mango was predominant in my mind. With the same idea, the last filling was done in yellow, 304, anchor stranded cotton.

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30.124.clhbonest-4

The outline was worked in stem stitch with brown metallic thread [stem of ripe mango] and beads are added to the outer lines of closed herringbone stitch

30.124.closed herringbone stitch

30.124.closed herringbone stitch

The bead detail-

30.124.clhbonest-bead detail

30.124.clhbonest-bead detail

It was not practical to work this design – while taking an online class, TAST catching up and embroidery on tunic.  still I enjoyed working on this.Having said that, it seems the impracticality continues on my next TAST stitch too. Al least, we cannot forget the lesson of time taken for each project, this took me 11.5 hours [not continues of course]. I may use this piece on a bag.

The next stage of filling was done with combining two colours, green and yellow [258 and 304] stranded cotton. The lines on the sides are also worked with these threads. I wanted to work the alternate designs in green just as orange, but changed to do this.

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30.124.clhbonest-3

This was last week’s stitch on TAST challenge by SharonB. I am still catching up on the stitches. The studio journal class is in full swing. Thought along with the exercises, a piece could be designed for this challenge stitch too. The paisley idea continues in this week too. The filling design was an idea inspired by image on pinterest. It is 8inches by 5.5 inches rectangle.
Closed herringbone inside the paisley in orange stranded cotton.

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30.124.clhbonest-1

Green thread was added at the next stage.

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30.124.clhbonest-2

This is taking sometime to work. Exercises for the class are still to be done. Next time a simple design would be better.