Am­reet Nakai,

Phulkari seller

India Today - - SIMPLY PUNJABI TRADITION -

For Pa­tiala-based col­lec­tor Am­reet Nakai, phulkari is not only a plea­sure, but also her oc­cu­pa­tion and money mak­ing en­ter­prise. The 39 year-old was al­ways fas­ci­nated by this dense em­broi­dery, but it was only in 2005 that she took it up as a pro­fes­sion, “I hap­pened to gift a beau­ti­ful phulkari shawl to my niece in 2005. The piece be­longed to my per­sonal col­lec­tion of 45

phulka­ris. It was ap­pre­ci­ated by many peo­ple, who started re­quest­ing me to make sim­i­lar stuff for them,” re­calls Nakai, who is cur­rently sup­ply­ing phulka­ris to clients in the United States, Canada, United King­dom and Pak­istan (priced at Rs 15,000 and above). Am­rit sources a spe­cial silk thread from Varanasi and gota from Jaipur. This phulkari col­lec­tor has tie-ups with ar­ti­sans in Pun­jab’s vil­lages, who do this em­broi­dery for her. She has been re­cently joined by her daugh­ter Anees Nakai (far left), who helps her with fresh ideas for her phulka­ris. To place your phul­lkari or­der con­tact 9876677888; aneesnakai_015@ya­hoo.com

With in­puts from Opin­der Sekhon

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