Phulkari is an embroidery technique which originated in Punjab and literally means flower work. Traditional to the region, the craft is done on various garments such as, shawls, scarves, wedding lehengas and traditional Patiala outfits from the region. The Phulkari done on wedding clothes is known as bagh which means garden and has always been a part of important and auspicious occasions such as birth, weddings and festivals.
Phulkari is done on cotton fabrics using threads which are manually spun, woven and then pigmented using natural pigments. According to Punjabi wedding customs, the bride is supposed to walk to the mandap under a phulkari woven dupatta which would be held over her head by her brothers. Traditionally a Phulkari is woven by close family members of the bride. The embroidery is done on the wrong side of the cloth, and the pattern is controlled by counting of the thread. The craft reflects the rich and colourful culture of the region.
Here are some ideas on how you can incorporate Phulkari at your wedding. We think it’s perfect for a function like an Indian mehendi as it’s vibrant and fun, even for your decor. You could use it in the form of Phulkari inspired colourful cushion covers or phulkari inspired giveaways such as scarves, dupattas or clutches.
Phulkari has gained popularity over the years and Indian designers are taking effort to revive the craft. You can see many designers drawing inspiration from this art to create a whole range at fashion weeks. The traditional colour palette has changed from bright and colourful to more pastel shades for the ramp with finer and delicate motifs. Checkout this amazing Floral embroidered Phulkari Stole available on Exclusively.In
Not only the designers, even Bollywood is drawing inspiration from the lovely art form. Kareena looked absolutely stunning in the Phulkari embroidered outfit in the movie Jab We Met designed by the most renowned designer of Bollywood – Manish Malhotra. The hot pink and orange Phulkari embroidered outfit with lovely colourful embroidery and gold sequin made a fashion statement!
Another recent movie where phulkari was incorporated was, ‘Tanu Weds Manu’. Namratha Jani the costume designer created a very colourful phulkari halter which Kangna is wearing over a white shirt in the movie!
We think it’s a great art form and must be revived before it dies or becomes extinct. You must have at least one outfit with the lovely handicraft in your trousseau; like a phulkari inspired Indian outfit or it could even be a dress!