Phulkari with Birds and Animals
Phulkari of Hindu origins with animals, birds, human figures and other pictorial elements. The central field is divided lengthwise into three wide stripes, the central one containing diamond shapes while the outer ones contain lozenges.The figures, animals and flowers are contained within these shapes everywhere. The ground is of local cotton dyed in reddish brown and the embroidery is done with floss silk in surface darning stitch. The front shows most of the silk and since the work is done in long stitches there are large areas of shiny,reflective surface contributing to a luxurious look. The handwork is done from the reverse side so the embroiderer does not see the front while creating the design.
Circa: Early 20th century
Origin: Punjab, India or Pakistan
Material: cotton and silk
Condition: Some corrosion to black silk thread, very good
Dimensions: 92" x 55"
Inventory number: TX4344