Phulkari Textiles

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“Phulkari,” a term for the embroidery technique from the Punjab region (an area presently divided between Pakistan and India) means “flower work,” and at one time was used as the word for embroidery.   Over time, Phulkari has come to mean the garments or textiles that have been made with this distinctive, labor-intensive embroidery style. Phulkaris were often worn during marriage festivals and other celebratory occasions.  Women would embroider these garments for their own use and for the use of other family members, and were generally not for sale in the market. Phulkari garments are made from white, golden, or brightly colored silk floss on coarse, handwoven cotton fabric, and often employ an array of geometric patterns or motifs that are produced by manipulating the darn stitch.  In tandem with Phulkari: The Embroidered Textiles of Punjab from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection, on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, we’ve created an installation of our own with some of the beautiful pieces from our own collection, all available for sale.