Origin of phulkari
In ancient times, the migrant Jat people of Central Asia carried Phulkari into the Indian Subcontinent. Techniques and trends were not recorded by word of mouth, but were transmitted. As the entire field is embroidered and filled with flowers, Phulkari literally means floral work. In the 18th century, this term first appeared in Punjabi literature. The practice was related to the Sikh heritage of the Punjab, but was also shared with Hindus & Muslims. It has its roots in Waris Shah’s popular love tale of Heer & Ranjha.
The key features of Phulkari embroidery are the use of darn stitches with coloured silken thread on the wrong side of coarse cotton fabric. By their skilful manipulation of the darn stitch, Punjabi women make countless seductive and fascinating designs and patterns. Traditional phulkari embroidery is performed on a manually woven and naturally dyed coarse cotton fabric called ‘khaddar’. In order to create the intricate patterns, the coarse weave makes it simple to run the thread to it. In Punjab, the thread that is used for embroidery is called ‘pat’.
The essence of Phulkari consists of delicate stitching and intricate embroideries. For centuries and for good reason, regional handicrafts have survived. You’ll be in love once you see the intricate embroidery work on the Punjabi phulkari dupatta. That’s how a phulkari dupatta looks magical. The combination of a phulkari dupatta and salwar also looks exquisite.
The variety of phulkari
Phulkari is the sort of embroidery that does not completely cover the fabric with embroidery that disperses the designs on the cloth at intervals. Sainchi Phulkari, one such design, has figures embroidered in its region. This is the only type where black ink is used to draw the outlines of the figures. It was then packed with darn-stitch embroidery. There were no patterns drawn in other styles and the job was done only by counting the threads from the back. Sainchi is popular in the districts of Bathinda and Faridkot. There are different kind of dresses are made with Phulkari like, Phulkari Bagh dupatta, Phulkari Jackets, Phulkari Kurti, Phulkari Saree, Phulkari Trousers and many more.
A Phulkari dupatta will renovate your entire look and give your all-over attire a splash of vibrancy as well. It looks even better with a Phulkari dupatta suit! Phulkari dupatta suits can be simple or elaborate with embroidery; it really depends on how you want to mix and match your suits.