07 September 2008



After I delivered my second baby, I went to India for some rest. I stayed with my parents for 4 months enjoying the luxury of post natal care and generally not doing anything. After a while I was getting so bored that I decided I must make myself busy with something.(Since I am a Type “A” personality).

One project I undertook was teaching computers for free to my maid servants’ brother and the beautician and the second project I undertook was embroidery.

Yes embroidery…..What embroidery I knew was attaching stones, just like we attach a button…so simple….(its called stonework and was a rage in India about 2 years back) to the neckline of kurtas and that I had done about 2 years back, the tailors in India nowadays charge a bomb for even simple embroidery, so I thought why not try doing some simple embroidery myself, if it was not going to work I will pass my project to the tailor and pay for it to be done…..Ohhhh!!!!! the luxuries of staying in India.

I do most of my garments purchasing in India. Since I happen to live in Mumbai the fashion capital of India and the fabrics there are cheap and I have a permanent tailor there who does all my designing. I just have to tell him my ideas and he will get it incorporated for me…..I truly miss Mumbai when I am here (in Singapore).

I am going to feature all the embroidery I attempted in segments, I tried different works and different looks.I also designed a few dresses, they are unique and I will feature them in the blog soon….

During the time I did a lot of purchasing, mainly kurtas. Some expensive and grand party wear and some simple for regular wear. I end up wearing western wear(pants and kurtas) almost all the time in Singapore simply because it’s convenient and less clothes to wash, iron and maintain. This time round when I was shopping I noticed that cotton kurtas were selling in small roadside shops for Rupees150-200.

The moment I saw this green Kurta I was in love. I liked the color and threadwork and the fact that it was so simple. Since I had a lot of time and nothing to do, I thought why not do some embroidery and highlight the look of the kurta.


I wanted to use contrast in this Kurta as I felt the Kurta was gorgeous as far as color and the thread work goes, but still looked pretty plain. So I chose orange colored sequins, as they make a definite but subtle contrast to the green. The orange colored sequins I chose are called Dhoop- chaav(literally meaning sun and shade), but actually this means that it shows two colors. In one angle it will look like a copper color and in the other angle it will look like orange color.

Things that I used : - “0” zero number needle, orange colored thread and orange sequins.

I decided that inside every mango shape(threadwork) I am going to sew on a sequin. After I sewed on a few I got bored as I am not very patient with embroidery, It took me about 15 days to finish the kurta, but believe me the immense happiness it gave me when I wore it…..It cant be explained in words.


notyet100 said...

lookin nice,..;-)

LG said...

Kurta looks nice..


looks good ....

sowmya said...

kurta looks grand after the sequence work..kind of functional wear!!

easycrafts said...

Hey, even I have become crazy about embrodiery now on kurtas..although i dont prefer sequeins, simple thread works also do wonders to the plain kurta..working on one off and on...will publish in blog once i am done (dont know when)..feeling lazy to do..Your simple kurta got a very grand look with your efforts...waiting for more ideas

Glass Beads said...


first time here, liked your blog. Just recently I too did something like this to my kurta. it is on my blog.


vidhas said...

very nice blog. Your explanation is too good, step by step photographs, Simply superub.

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Jaya said...

nice work here ..beautiful..
hugs and smiles

Raghu Pandey said...

Wow !!! this is the nice collections & they look very ethnic on the functions of worshipping. These kurtas come with embroidery over whole sleeves look good when they are wore with both pajamas or over Jeans.
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