Customised phulkari dupattas and suits came to Ramneek Grewal as a part of her wari (wedding trousseau from the groom’s side). Today, the 40 year-old is proudly holding on to her collection of 30 samples. “I possess rare phulkari motifs like a rath (chariot), birds, domestic and wild animals, and
shingar-patti (ornament). No two of my phulkaris are alike,” says Ramneek, asserting that phulkaris should never be sold. “It’s an art form to be passed on from mothers to daughters as family heirlooms.” Grewal is married into a prominent business family of Chandigarh, in which a bagh or phulkari is an integral part of weddings. “Each wedding ceremony involves wearing a particular type of embroidery.
Vari-da-bagh (garden of the trousseau) is a pattern of golden yellow flowers symbolising fertility while
ghunghat bagh has a small border on all four sides,” explains Grewal, who enjoys flaunting her phulkari
dupattas at family weddings.