Phulkari Sarees For Women
Phulkari, which translates into ‘flower work’, has a history etched in the culture of Punjab. Spun from the charkha this spectacular style of embroidery is patterned on sarees, dupattas, shawls, and kurtis. The main characteristic of this embroidery is the use of darn stitch on the wrong side of cloth with colored silken thread. Phulkari was brought to the Indian Subcontinent by the migrant Jat people of Central Asia. Techniques and patterns were not documented but transmitted by teaching with words.
In the days gone by, it was an art that offered a complete freedom of creativity. Motifs used were a representation of the dear and sundry values of Punjab. Since it was essentially a communal activity, colors and shades were somewhat run-of-the-mill, however, the fact that most of the women were experts in Phulkari would make even the mediocre look exquisite.
Add a touch of the traditions of Punjab by including an exquisite phulkari saree from Limeroad.
A Floral Masterpiece
The phulkari embroidery took a backseat with the division of India and Pakistan. However, it soon sprang back up to be an evergreen style statement. Even though there is a huge demand for Phulkari work till date, there are limited credible sources left from where one can purchase a hand-woven Phulkari fabric. With the bittersweet commercialization of the needlework, quicker methods of production were devised. Thread by thread, each motif is created in a geometric grid, which was a peculiar technique for coming up with a curvilinear final output. Long and short darn stitch was put to clever use for creating horizontal, vertical and diagonal thread work, inspired by the routine of the artists, flowers, and animals.
There are many variations in the types of phulkari work available on the sarees. Some of them are:
- Thirma: It is a symbol of purity, worn by elder women and widows, but at times, the choice of white is made for esthetical reasons.
- Darshan Dwar: This is made for a temple as an offering to thank god after a wish has been fulfilled.
- Bawan Bagh: This mosaic of fifty two different patterns which decorate the piece and is the rarest of all.
- Varida Bagh: Made on an orange-reddish khaddar with the main pattern being a group of three four small concentric lozenges (diamond) of a growing size.
- Chope: This is embroidered with one color, usually on the borders.
- Surajmukhi: Sunflowers are the main patterns found on this Phulkari.
- Kaudi Bagh: Chains of small white squares representing stylized cowries.
- Meenakari: This is made of gold and white colored pat and decorated with small multicolored lozenges referring to enamel work (meenakari).
A phulkari saree mixed and matched with ethnic jewelry in contrast colors looks admirable. Accessorize your saree with oxidized silver jewelry for a complete traditional look. It is traditionally considered a bridal outfit, the Phulkari is till date widely worn during the wedding season in a family. Bright reds, oranges, and blues add a vibrant and joyous touch to the celebrations. Nonetheless, lighter phulkari sarees dyed in sober colors make elegant daily wears. So without much ado, get these amazing sarees from Limeroad today! Happy shopping to you!