The tunic is cream colour chanderi cotton fabric, with traditional Indian print in burnt orange and green colours.

Orange&green on cream tunic-fabric

I was in a fix whether to use orange or green colour for yoke.generally I work on one colour for the fabric, choose the other colour and the tunic base colour for embroidery. This time I thought I’ll use both green and orange colour fabrics for yoke. After this the sleeve borders were also  to be done in two colours.
Along with the embroidery, rimjim thread, small pearls and sequins were also used as embellishments. I’ll start with the detailing of the sleeves from my next post.


The embroidery on this black yoke for the bright yellow chiffon tunic is completed . I am not detailing much about the stitches used in this project. They are simple stitches used for gujarati embroidery. I worked the embroidery in two strands of cotton skeins, to have the extra depth. The same pattern in a smaller scale worked in single strand of thread looks very beautiful. I have seen these types of wall hangings, thorans, this embroidery in single strand is done in silk fabric.
Now for the central motif-

yellow and black tunic- central motif detail

The fully completed yoke placed over the tunic , with the border-

completed yoke on tunic with border

The yoke sewn on the tunic, no one can deny that the tunic is bright! Right?

yellow &black tunic

The close up of the completed tunic-

yellow& black tunic -closeup

I have worn this top with  black jeans.

The embroidery on yoke is completed .the stitches used are typical of gujarati type embroidery.  The motifs are also chosen from that embroidery designs only. The motif here were not copied as they were. I altered the pattern details, made some additions and deletions to suit my preference.  these motifs are worked on both sides of the yoke-
The detail of the small motif on top-

yellow and black tunic- small motif detail

The detail of the side motif-

yellow&black tunic- side motif- detail

These kind of patterns can be used for embroidery panels too. Wall hangings, bags cushions are embellished with this gujarati embroidery. More on my next post.

The yoke pattern on which the embroidery is done, has detailing of motifs, kutchwork and mirrors.
The kutchwork is worked together with the motifs, the mirrors are also stitched over the motifs. Other than that a line of mirrors are stitched along the neck line. The mirrors are worked in yellow thread [ the same bright yellow] with buttonhole outline worked in red thread.
The mirrored neckline-

yellow&black tunic-mirrored neckline

The rest of the yoke on my next post.

I had this really bright yellow dupatta[ scarf] which did not have matching suit to go with it. it was so bright, if it worn during daylight, it flashed on your eyes. We call it ‘Govinda yellow’! this material needed some treatment fast! so  it was turned into a dress top with embroidered yoke.
I also had a black woven border, which had yellow, red and green colour on it. this border colours decided the thread colours for embroidery.
I decided to do embroidery on black yoke, outlined with this border. The pattern chosen – some ethnic motifs from Gujarati embroidery with mirrorwork. Along with the usual floral motifs , a parrot design was also added to the motifs, though I am vary of using birds and animals on yokes, with this bright yellow, caution was thrown out of the window,and the parrots landed on yoke.
The work in progress-

yellow&black tunic-WIP1

The stitches are typical of Gujarati embroidery, herringbone filling with chain st outline, and kutch work.

yellow&black tunic-closeup1

Till now I have not shown the bright yellow tunic , did not want to scare away anyone! LOL!
More details on my next post.

This is the continuation of the last post, where I had mentioned about two tops embroidered with same inspiration. In this post Iam detailing about the second top in yellow.
The fabric is hakoba in lemon yellow colour. For the embroidery I used light green handloom cotton with yellow stripes.
Though the same idea of line stitches and mirrors are repeated, the motif is a kutchwork square. The embroidery is worked in
Cretan st, running st,fly st,double running st,laced st, mirrors and kutchwork.
The collar-

yellow top-collar

The sleeves-

yellow top- sleeves

The top-

yellow top

Sometime ago I purchased a top from a store, which had a simple embroidery on it.
The top was block printed[black motifs on maroon fabric]. The collar and sleeves were attached with another block printed piece[ black on beige fabric] with designed lines. These kind of block prints are quite common in India. The embellishment – mirrors were attached springly to the designed lines at regular intervals.
After looking at it , I thought maybe a striped fabric can be used as a basis for embroidery. Line stitches can be worked with some mirrors. With this idea, I did two tops-one in blue and another in lemon yellow. In this post , I am giving the details of the blue top.
This blue top is hand woven ikat material- dark blue with beige . the striped fabric chosen was beige too.
The collar with line stitches and mirrors-

blue top-collar

the stitches used were- herringbone st,buttonhole st, running st, feather st,fly st[small motif] and mirror st. The same work is repeated on the sleeves-

blue top-sleeves

The embroidery was worked ,and then was attached to the top-

blue top

The yellow top on my next post.