This phulkari was made using a dark red-brown ground fabric and orange, white, and yellow silk thread embroidery. Most of the design is made up of repeating interlocking triangles, but the border is decorated with diamonds motifs and large stand-alone triangles.
Phulkari are embroidered shawls that are made out of cotton and silk in Punjab and the greater region of northwest India and parts of Pakistan. Embroiderers decorate plain-woven cotton fabric with abstract geometric, floral, or figurative patterns, using brilliantly colored floss silk. The makers work from the back of the textiles and use a darning stitch, so most of the silk shows on the front. These long silk stitches catch the light in a way that makes monochromatic designs appear multi-hued, which imbues the textiles with a certain fantastical quality.
White-ground phulkari were popular in the 19th century, but in the 20th century, embroiderers also began to use dark red-brown or blue ground fabrics that had been dyed with madder or indigo.
Circa: 20th Century
Material: Silk on Cotton
Dimensions: 93" X 103"
Inventory number: TX4861