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Gold Colored Phulkari

This gold field phulkari was made in Punjab, either in India or Pakistan in the 20th century. The maker embroidered the brown cotton base fabric with gold-colored silk thread in a repeated diamond pattern.

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. White-ground phulkari were popular in the 19th century, but in the 20th century embroiderers began to also use cotton dyed in madder red or indigo blue.

This phulkari, of Muslim origin, is totally covered with embroidery done in counted stitch in a geometric design.

Circa: 20th Century

Origin: India

Material: Silk Embroidery on Cotton

Condition: Excellent

Dimensions: 49.125" W x 96"L

Inventory number: TX5128



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