Phulkari: The beauty of Punjab

Phulkari embroidery technique from the Punjab region means flower work, which was at one time used as the word for embroidery, but in time the word “Phulkari” became restricted to embroidered shawls and head scarfs.

This embroidery is done with floss silk thread on a coarse hand-woven cotton fabric. The reference of this beauty if from the Vedas, Mahabharat, Guru Granth Sahib and folk songs of Punjab. This embroidery is popular since the 15th century.

The main characteristics of Phulkari is to use darn stitch on the wrong side of the cotton with coloured thread. This creates interesting designs and designs by the manipulation of the darn stitch. In Phulkari, cloth is ornamented with embroidery. The end part of the pallav of Phulkari have separate panels for exquisite workmanship of striking design.

The most favourite colour is red and its shade. Red is considered auspicious by Hindus and Sikhs during marriage and other festivities.

Recently in the movie Phillauri, Anushka Sharma dons the traditional salwar kameex with Phulkari work dupatta stitched by local tailors. This step towards the development of Indian weavers. Anushka along with her team personally went to the local markets of these Phulkari works and handloom store to shop their costumes.

In the popular film Jab We Met, Kareena Kapoor dons a Phulkari kurta during the song Nagada Nagada. The hot pink and orange Phulkari embroidered outfit with lovely colourful embroidery and gold sequin made a fashion statement.

Kangna is seen wearing a phulkari halter neck over a white shirt and long skirt in the movie ‘Tanu Weds Manu’.

Anushka Sharma wore subtle yet chic salwar kameez in her debut movie Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. Her phulkari dupatta became famous and was in demand for the longest time.

A character played by Priyanka Chopra in the movie Teri Meri Kahani wore traditional phulkari bordered dupattas. These dupattas will look amazing with your traditional as well as you western wear outfits.




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