Weaves of CULTURE
Four avid phulkari collectors give us a sneak peek into their embroidered heritage
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.