Ram­neek Gre­wal,

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India Today - - SIMPLY PUNJABI TRADITION -

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.

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