PHULKARI

India Today - - SIMPLY PUNJABI - By Anan­dita Gupta

Tradition rules the roost here. From in­ge­niously made bronze and metal stat­ues de­pict­ing Pun­jab’s ru­ral life to gold and sil­ver an­tique neck­laces, ear­rings, an­klets and nose rings as well as ex­quis­ite phulkari dup­pat­tas— all Pun­jabi hand­i­crafts find a place here at Phulkari, the state emporium in Chandi­garh. Owned by Pun­jab Small In­dus­tries and Ex­port Cor­po­ra­tion ( PSIEC) Ltd, the twin- level store pro­motes Pun­jabi hand­i­crafts and small scale in­dus­tries. Named af­ter phulkari— an ex­quis­ite tra­di­tional em­broi­dery tech­nique from ru­ral Pun­jab, the neatly or­gan­ised shop claims to have some­thing for ev­ery home. Rus­tic look­ing brick walls house wardrobes that are stacked with cloth­ing ma­te­rial. Need­less to say, many of these un­stitched suits and du­pat­tas come with phulkari and bagh work on them. You can also find brightly coloured cush­ions, moora­has ( cane stools), mats, bed­spreads, jho­las ( cloth hand­bags) and quilts adorned with phulkari work. Art afi­ciona­dos can pick from one of the tra­di­tional paint­ings by var­i­ous schools of art like Chamba or Tan­jore that are on dis­play here as well.

S. C. O 27, Sec­tor 17, Chandi­garh

Rs 150 to Rs 1,500 ( fur­nish­ings); Rs 400 on­wards ( du­pat­tas)

01722706246

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