Am­reen Kaur, Stu­dent

India Today - - SIMPLY PUNJABI TRADITION -

Chandi­garh girl Am­reen Kaur, 20, is the proud owner of 100 op­u­lent phulkari du­pat­tas, shawls and suits. Her col­lec­tion boasts of

phulka­ris and baghs in bright colours, adorned with rare crushed go­tas like gokhru and tis­sue. “You don’t get such in­tri­cate work these days. These are price­less lux­u­ries for me,” smiles the petite col­lec­tor, whose trea­sures have been passed down by her great grand­mother Hardyal Kaur. “My great grand­mother used to sit in the sun and em­broi­der phulka­ris and

chopes ( phulkari done on a red cloth with em­broi­dered bor­ders),” she says. “Though the modern-day shift has seen phulkari work on chif­fons and satins, the orig­i­nal em­broi­dery was done on cotton,” says Am­reen, who is cur­rently work­ing on mak­ing repli­cas of fif­teen an­tique phulka­ris with the help of kari­gaars in Pa­tiala. The pas­sion­ate col­lec­tor is also de­sign­ing kur­tis and jut­tis us­ing this flo­ral em­broi­dery for her per­sonal wardrobe.

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