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Punjab's Pride- Phulkari Sarees


With the abundance of goods and enlightened by a very good objective beautiful artifacts that were created, India became a lovely country with a culture in crafts and art. One of this is the creative art of embroidery. Many different states in India have unique traditions and culture apart each other. Each region has its specific choice on the design, style, thread, texture of the cloth, and the combination of colors that are applied. These factors attributed much on the popularity of Indian culture and also with the sense of style on embroideries loved mostly by the people around the world. Phulkari is a kind of embroidery that originated from Punjab a particular state in India. This is discovered during the 16th century where women engaged this activity on their free time. As the name describes itself Phulkari Sarees create a blooming accent on the fabric basically because of the floral work or flowering designs that are evidently visible in its work. Closely similar to other crafts originated in India, the making of Phulkari Sarees started before in Punjab as a domestic art and mostly seen and worn in special celebrations and festivities.  But until the 19th century that Phulkari Sarees paved its way to the global market by its elegance, beauty and charm thus making it a professional artwork in India.

Phulkari Sarees  are done artistically by doing small stitches using a silk yarn over a fabric making intricate designs with various spectrums of shades and colors. The base of the fabric is basically hand woven and with your own initiative to add unique and attractive designs that will enhance the beauty and charm of the cloth. The most common used patterns and designs used in Phulkari Sarees are animals such as birds and fish, fruits and vegetables, all about nature like the moon, rivers, trees, leaves and the sun, buildings are also featured by this handicraft. But then the most famous patterns of Phulkari Sarees are those of the rainbow patterns, coriander designs, sun-shade patterns, and the jasmine pictures. These colorful designs and patterns required a wide variety of color combinations that created an appealing and glamorous effect on the fabric. The colors that are prominently used were crimson, green, yellow, blue, golden and red. But among the most favored colors that were used in Phulkari embroideries are red.

Aside from these colors, there are still open variety of color options with different shades that definitely adds life and vibrancies to the making of Phulkari Sarees.

Finally, Phulkari Sarees are applicable to the Indian climate. Patterns and designs of relatively outstanding garments like scarf’s, other sarees, various floral designs, and dupatta are also specifically crafted in this type of artwork. It also shows the spirit of love and sincere craftsmanship which stresses on the rich heritage of India. Some Phulkari Sarees relates with it the achievements on the culture and crafts of its state.  Emotions like concern, care, and love for humanity is expressed through this creative ways of Phulkari.

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