Phulkari are embroidered shawls that are part of rural women’s dowry. They originated in Punjab part of which became India and the other part belong to Pakistan.The bride to be would start work while young, working from the back of plain cotton and employing stitches that would show as much of the silk threads on the front.
The design of the phulkaris is mostly traditional but not rigid, and there are flights of fancy, especially in the Hindu phulkari that feature naturalistic motifs such as human figures and farm animals. Muslim Phulkaris tend to be more abstract. This phulkari is Muslim and features a design of pink diamonds with abstracted green trees or plants in the center. The top and bottom edges are decorated with multi-colored zig zag patterns.
White-ground phulkaris were made 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: 19th century
Origin: India or Pakistan
Material: Silk Embroidery on Cotton
Condition: Very Good
Dimensions: 101" x 54"
Inventory number: TX4965