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The Rich Tradition & Elegance of Phulkari

Phulkari or ਫੁਲਕਾਰੀ refers to the folk embroidery of the Punjab. Although Phulkari means floral work, the designs include not only flowers but also cover 'motifs' and 'geometrical shapes'. The main characteristics of Phulkari embroidery are use of darn stitch on the wrong side of coarse cotton cloth with coloured silk thread. Punjabi women create innumerable alluring and interesting designs and patterns by their skillful manipulation of the darn stitch.

The traditional varieties of Phulkaris are large items of cloth and include 'Chope', 'Tilpatr', 'Neelak' and 'Bagh'. Sometimes, the Bagh is given separate categorization of its own as on other varieties of a Phulkari, parts of the cloth is visible, whereas in a Bagh, the embroidery covers the entire garment so that the base cloth is not visible

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