The black fabric for the spirals came from chopping off the bottom segment of another kurta - the one I used to create The Astounding Magic Puppet Shirt. Strips of cloth are sewn into a long tube shape, then pinned down into a spiral.
|Pinning down a spiral|
|The spiral stitched down|
|Tricky shoulder spiral|
|The almost-finished shirt|
As usual I found the kurta just a bit too long, so fabric is chopped off the bottom and the piece is rehemmed to create the final version.
Try spiraling out of control yourself. To my mind spirals make almost anything better. They're also yet another handy way to hide a stain.