Weaves of CUL­TURE

Four avid phulkari col­lec­tors give us a sneak peek into their em­broi­dered her­itage

India Today - - SIMPLY PUNJABI TRADITION - BY ANANDITA GUPTA

Found com­monly enough in our grand­moth­ers’ times, the phulkari, a dy­ing art to­day, has be­come a rare col­lec­tor’s item. Though NGOS and her­itage preser­va­tion so­ci­eties are re­viv­ing this Pun­jabi hand em­broi­dery us­ing darn­ing stitches with silk thread called path to cre­ate flo­ral pat­terns on hand­spun khadi, some in­di­vid­ual Pun­jabi women are also do­ing their bit to pre­serve this tra­di­tional trea­sure.

Avid her­itage col­lec­tors, these women pos­sess an im­pres­sive line-up of phulka­ris and baghs. Their em­broi­dered phulkari tex­tiles are ei­ther heir­looms, or an­cient trea­sures col­lected over time.

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