Without any intention of being racist (since I'm a Punjabi, but i love all other communities also)...Don't most of us love one thing about Punjabi's...? Yes, its their dressing. The vibrant colors, beautiful embroidered sarees, patiala salwars, .and specially PHULKARI..and so much more! From 'Paani-da-rang' to Yo-Yo Honey Singh, Punjabi culture is picking up like never before. From food, music, celebs its raw fashion that is making an impression in the market.
The Phulkari embroidery has made a come back....It was extensively used by the costume designers for the movie 'teri meri kahani' in the treditional suits worn by priyanka chopra .I could find only few on google .all her dupattas had a phulkari border.Embroidery is the art of forming beautiful intricate designs and motifs on fabrics with different colored threads. One of the most famous forms of embroidery is the Punjabi embroidery. The traditional embroidery of Punjab is known as Phulkari. The name itself means growing of flowers. Thus, the motifs and patterns of Phulkari essentially contain floral designs and motifs. Bright color combinations are used for the floral patterns and they can be seen in almost all traditional attire.
Phulkari, is an embroidery technique from Punjab (India) and literally means flower working. Thus, the motifs and patterns of Phulkari essentially contain floral designs....in bright colours..
|mutiyaars doing phulkari work on dupattas .|
- mutiyaars of punjab making phulkari shawls..(Mutiyaar is a word in Panjabi that is used in mentioning a young vibrant woman! All Panjabi women have represented being beautiful Mutiyaars)
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.
Since Phulkari Dupattas are full with embroidery, the idea is to go heavy on dupatta and keep your suit simple. Being a traditional form of art, the style is neither easily available and is relatively on the expensive side.
few of the phulkari samples.
|phulkaries done by machines|
Even though the textile industry today, is imitating this art with the help of machines, phulkari work has almost disappeared in its original form, due to the partition of India and Pakistan.
The word phulkari usually indicates the shawl that was loomed and embroidered to cover women's heads or to be displayed in a gurudwara (Sikh temple).
Bagh, " the garden "
When the embroidery work was covering the whole surface of the khaddar the phulkari was called a bagh ("garden").
The making of a bagh was requiring so much talent and patience (sometimes more than a year) that it was kept for very special occasions. http://www.indianheritage.biz/Phulkari.html
Nowadays phulkari are almost exclusively industrially made. They are available in cloth markets of Punjab's big cities (Patiala, Amritsar...) along with embroidered kurtas and cushions.
Today this vibrant folk art of Punjab is now embroidered not only on shawls or dupattas but also on stolls, saris, bed covers, home furnishings, etc in bright and vivid colours. Many people have started getting Phulkari personalised, where some are using it as decorative piece, others are using them as accessories like juttis (punjabi chappal), bags etc. phulkari juttis ,facebook
The Phulkari jacket can give complex to any boyfriend's jacket from an international brand, when worn rightly.
'the' statement clutch in Phulkari.
*The Phulkari Clutch is available at Fabindia and exclusively.in
Phulkari duppatas or stoles look absolutely stunning on plain kurtas. Celebrated designers have been making models walk the ramp wearing stoles that have finer and delicate motifs.
*Checkout this amazing Floral embroidered Phulkari Stole available on fashionandyou.com
Carry elegance on your personality with high style and fashion as you add this phulkari saree to your ensemble. Bringing out the classy hues is this brick red color. Team it up with blingy earrings and a stylish blouse. The overall look is sure to please your senses.
*Available at Fashionandyou.com
Last but not the least are my all time favorite, Jootis with phulkari work!
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.
Thats a phulkari bridal lehanga .
There are many celebrities in indian film industry who have been captured by photographers wearing the Phulkari designs. Bollywood stars have been seen wearing shawls inspired by the Phulkari designs.Whatever one can define fashion trend as, a Phulkari design is simply unbeatable and timeless.talking trends
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!
A traditional suits worn by Kangana Ranaut in bollywood movie 'Tanu Weds Manu', .
- Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi:Anushka Sharma had a very subtle yet chic sense of style.I liked how she paired plain salwar suits with Phulkari dupattas .These dupattas became very popular after this movie.
- she is Neeru Bajwa (punjabi films actress) .i just love her dupatta .her dupatta also has mirror work with the phulkari work on it..
'Teri Meri Kahaani'-in movie 'Teri Meri Kahaani' Priyanka Chopra was seen wearing phulkari bordered dupattas .
- The Phulkari Embroidered Shift dress is a Free People exclusive.
The fluorescent appeal of the season can be clearly witnessed in the designs as they are fresh and flamboyant.The use of specialized Indian embroidery like Kantha work, Phulkari workcan be witnessed in Designer Gautam Gupta’s Citric Spring-Summer 2012 Collection “Lime Chuski”
ME AND PHULKARI-
Thats a kurta i have with phulkari motifs on the neck line and on the sleeves .
|borders of the bedsheet|
I even love collecting Punjabi tuttis(The jutti or Punjabi Jutti is a type of footwear of Punjabi origin that is common in North India and Pakistan.).
There are few concept brands like '1469' and 'Punjabi Heritage' which encapsulates treasures of tradition in a modern n fashionable way.Trendy tee shirts with catchy slogans in English and panjabi not only enamors you with their creativity.
It has 5 exclusive stores in Delhi,Chandigarh and Amritsar.
Apart from tee shirts,1469 lifestyle store offers you handcrafted phulkaris in traditional colors,ethnic silver and brass jewellery, handmade pottery from potters of Auroville and woolens in special light weight cashmere,wool and pashmina.This season the stoles have been specially launched keeping all budgets in mind.These are in solid shades as well as prints of gurmukhi calligraphy.The calligraphy range also includes mobile pouches, clutch bags, kurtis ,sarees and suits.
PRODUCTS-Tees, Polo Tees,Sweat shirts , silver Jewellery, scarves, embroidered bags, mobile covers, phulkaris , shawls , brass-ware, pottery,Sculptures, furniture, calligraphic writings, jute bags, bumper stickers, recycled fiber bags ; devotional music,folk songs and above all a lot of warmth.
We can also find printed kids t-shirts,guys t-shirt and girls t-shirt.And embroidered juttis and lot more.they also deal in hand embroidered phulkari sarees, suits and shawls and few more designer jackets and over coats.
few of the shirts with typical Punjabi wordings in Punjabi and English calligraphy on its front and back .
even i have a collection of few..<3
- this is another t shirt i have with the caption 'LAADLI' meaning loved .