Red and White Phulkari
This phulkari was made in Punjab in the early 20th Century. The maker embroidered the dark red cotton base with repeating white zig-zag chevron shapes. The border has a band of zig-zags and diagonal lines embroidered in orange.
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 began to also use deep red-brown or blue ground fabrics that had been dyed with madder or indigo.
Circa: Early 20th century
Origin: Punjab, India
Material: Silk embroidery on cotton
Condition: Very Good
Dimensions: 102" x 50"
Inventory number: TX4697