Ever since indo-western wear became big in India, the most comfortable yet chic item of indo-western clothing has been embroidered tunics. They are a unique fusion of east and west as the silhouette is very western while the fabrics used and the types of embellishments on it make it very Indian. Also known as embroidered kurtis, these tops are commonly worn in the summer months by working women and college students.
Embroidery is an ancient Indian art form that is practiced in almost every part of the country. It involves utilizing thread to stitch designs onto the cloth.
Embroidered Tunic Tops
In embroidered tunic tops, the designs are typically made near the neckline, in a thin line or a large patch spreading across the chest, as well as near the hemlines and sleeve-ends. A more formal or fancy version will have embroidery all over the fabric.
An embroidered tunic offers a lot of versatility in the wardrobe. It can be dressed up or dressed down with ease and is suitable for parties and celebrations as well as day to day wear, depending on the designs used. There many different embroidery and embellishment forms that can be worked on to the tunic, including crochet, patchwork, chikankari,sequin work, stones work,
Variety of Embroideries
Resham embroidery, mirrors work, beads work, lace designs and velvet patches. Tunics can also come adorned with regional embroidery styles like aari, booti, Kasuti, Kashida and Phulkari. These kinds of intricate and delicate embroideries add a special ethnic beauty to the tunic or kurta, and make it appropriate for ceremonial or festive occasions as well as parties.
In a designer or party wear tunic, embroidered designs may combine different techniques in one single pattern to create a unique and eye-catching effect. For instance, sequins may be sewn inside silk thread flower designs, or mirrors set into patch-border patterns.
They can also be layered on top of one another in distinct panels, either in the top part, till the waist, or in the area from the bust till the hemline.
Embroidered tunics can be made of a lot of different fabrics. Some materials are more commonly used because they are strong and can support the embroidery work well. These include cotton, different types of silk, georgette, satin and crepe. Chiffon and net are typically avoided since they are very thin and tear easily.
Even in silk, diaphanous varieties like organza are woven rather than embroidered. In tunics, cotton and art silk are the most popular daily wear fabrics while georgette, crepe, dupioni silk and Tussar silk are most likely to be used for formal outfits.
The kinds of motifs and patterns used show both western and Indian influences. With the more traditional, regional embroidery forms, typical Indian motifs of peacocks, lotuses, mangoes, flowering vines, animals and village landscapes might be used.
Sequins and beads can be incorporated into such designs as well as western patterns of abstract geometric shapes, funky animals, dots, waves and stripes. Whatever the designs used, the art of embroidery makes them stand out and look uniquely three dimensional.
Embroidered tunic tops can be accessorized with either Indian or western jewelry. The types of accessorizes chosen depends entirely upon the wearer, and the look they’re going for, since these outfits are versatile enough to match with a whole lot of different pieces.
The most popular bottom wear option with the standard tunic is a pair of leggings in a complementary color. A new trend is to pair up tunics with skirts. This creates a full-bodied, ethnic effect, especially if the skirt too is printed and embroidered with Indian designs.
For summer and day to day wear, an embroidered cotton tunic in light and bright colors would be the best option, while for special occasions, a silk or crepe tunic would be preferred. A white embroidered tunic of any type can be beautifully styled with a pair of printed leggings, and simple beads jewelry.
The same look can then be altered for evening wear by adding a smart blazer or jacket and glittering stone studded jewelry to match the color of the embroidery or the tights.
A good tip when styling embroidered tunics is to avoid jewelry that overwhelms the outfit. With a black embroidered tunic decorated with rich golden thread (zari) embroidery near the placket style neckline, a large necklace will be of no use.
It will take away from the embroidery and be camouflaged itself. Instead, one can go for a pair of dangling gold earrings and/or large chunky bangles, depending on the length of the sleeve. To balance out intricate floral design, pearl jewelry is also a good choice. Meenakari necklaces will work well with Indian embroidery in bright colors.