This week’s progress has been mediocre.

The RPW2016 challenge took more time than was expected. The completed chart.

WIPW101-RPW-W33

WIPW101-RPW-W33

I am going to Chennai, India tomorrow for two weeks. For the past few times these trips have been stitch free. Hoping for some embroidery productive days.
Marash embroidery/ kutchwork embroidery
Kutchwork Cream tunic with kalamkari patch
The tunic fabric was marked for neck and sleeves by the tailor. The pattern was drawn on the sleeves first. In this transfer also, the fabric to be marked is placed over the design and the pattern is drawn with a pencil. The kutchwork/ interlacing stitch/ marash embroidery commenced with the brown thread. Same colour as the brown fabric.

WIPW101-cralamkaripatkutch-7

WIPW101-cralamkaripatkutch-7

Orange violet combo tunic
The impact of working this kutchwork, the multi colour mirror work on white and blue combo tunic and seeing a kasuti embroidery design – all gave rise to another idea of working kutchwork embroidery in four colours on an orange and violet tunic. I am still in the process of drawing the pattern. The embroidery will be three places- the sleeves, below the neck and a big design on the right hand side of the tunic. I may have more details after the designs are completed.

WIPW101-oraviocombokutch-1

WIPW101-oraviocombokutch-1

Mirror work

white and blue combo tunic

The mirror work around the neck and sleeves on this blue white combo tunic was completed.

beige mirror work tunic
After working the sleeves with brown thread, I proceeded with the work on tunic front. The spaces inside the squares will have the mirrors.

WIPW101-beigemirt-3

WIPW101-beigemirt-3

Kantha embroidery
The kantha embroidery is drawn and ready to be transferred. With the packing in progress for the trip, If time permits, the tracing can be made on the plain black fabric to be worked in Chennai. Will have to wait and see.

WIPW101-marblaikatkantha-2

WIPW101-marblaikatkantha-2

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I am fascinated by traditional Indian patterns. These pattern forms are widely available in all temple sculptures, wooden frames and so on. The embroidery types of India also incorporate these patterns widely.
One such embroidery type is Kantha work from Bengal.There are so many sarees , bedcovers, cushions , wall hangings, bags, pouches, purses, blouses, dress materials embellished with this embroidery. Some times folk designs are also done. I have done a few tunics and blouse in this type of embroidery.
This tunic is green mangalagiri handloom cotton fabric. It had a grayish green woven border, the salwar [ Indian pants] material was in this colour too.
The pattern- This is a traditional Indian motif pattern, this kind of pattern can be made in any size , depending on the requirement. In this pattern I concentrated mainly on the border line, thought the pattern will look great with kantha work on them.
Embroidery- colours- A few shades of green was used for the pattern.
The whole design was done in running stitch as it is common in kantha work.
The tunic-

green kantha tunic

I wanted the design to look like weave rather than embroidery, so that it will appear as if it is part of the fabric.
The top close up-

green kantha tunic-top closeup

The bottom close up-

green kantha tunic-bottom clsoeup

This work was done ten years ago, still one of my favourites, though I can’t say green is my most favourite colour, I do seem to have too many green dresses!

We need to understand the importance of our health and well being. And we should take the informations which we stumble upon in our life time– learn, understand,adapt, practice,and make it our own.
A few years ago, I met a woman, Hasreen in Salallah. This lady taught some basic things about our health[exercises and diet], which proved to be very useful.
To this day , these theories are working so well.
I wanted to gift[guru dakshina] her something special, so I embroidered a blouse with kantha work for her.
The picture taken is not of high quality, all that I have is the memory of doing it.
The blouse was to be worn with a saree.
Front neckline is partially covered , generally back neck is embellished. Here also I followed the same idea.
The pattern was designed for kantha embroidery[Indian embroidery from Bengal].
The colours- green and shades of pink.
The neckline-

pink kanthawork blouse-neckline

I made a paisley pattern for the sleeves, and border pattern on the neckline is done along with it.

pink kanthawork-sleeves

 

The picture was taken with a simple camera, I just wanted to share the idea here.