Handmade Mirror Work Cotton Ghagra Choli

Some years ago, I made a ghagra choli with yellow and pink cotton fabric, embroidery thread and large silver sequins to mimic Indian mirror work embroidery. Ghagra choli is an Indian blouse and skirt outfit which is usually worn with a stole, the dupatta or odhani.

Pink Yellow Mirrorwork Cotton Ghagra Choli

My handmade ghagra choli is inspired by traditional Rajasthani ghagra cholis, such as this red and yellow chaniya choli, yellow and maroon ghagra choli, and this black and maroon ghagra choli.

More Indian outfits and embroidery designs on my pinterest board:

-> Lehenga, Choli, Kameez, Kurti, …

Pink Yellow Mirrorwork Cotton Chaniya Choli

My ghagra is a half-circle skirt which I’m wearing with my refashioned pink cotton choli.

Indian Rajasthani Embroidery Ankle Bracelet Payal

For the embroidery I used pink, green and black cotton yarn, gold embroidery thread and large silver sequins. I also used some gold and pink seed beads. The embroidery is a combination of machine and hand embroidery.

Pink Yellow Sequin Lehenga Choli

Traditional cotton ghagra cholis are usually just embroidered in front.

Traditional Rajasthani Mirrorwork Cotton Ghagra Choli

So the main embroidery is on the front and I just added some flowers with pink yarn and silver sequins at the back of the skirt.

Traditional Rajasthani Mirrorwork Cotton Chaniya Choli

In my hair I’m wearing my DIY Indian beaded tassels and a DIY paranda which I made with brown wool. Sometimes I use the DIY paranda as hair rat for my historical hairstyles.

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