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Natural Cotton Phulkari Work Punjabi Suit Online

By Expert Author: Prachi.L

The Phulkari is traditional handmade embroidery, real meaning flower work. This work was preserved by the woman of Punjab (North-west India and Pakistan) during the 19th century and till the beginning of the 20th century. Today’s textile industry 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 in 1947, which had a dramatic impact on the divided Punjab, as well as the obvious socio-economical reasons.

The salwar is the down part of the punjabi suit and the upper part is called Kameez and a dupatta or odiny that is weared around the shoulders. These dresses are available in cotton also. The work done on the cotton dress materials like pulkari embroidered is much decorative. The fine work of pulkari is very much well known in Punjab. The cotton Phulkari suits are best available in summer season.

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). This tradition was well known with the Sikh heritage, but as it was shared with Hindus and Muslims, it happens to be more geographically specific than religiously specific.
The embroidery work was made on the plain cotton fabric or dress material (khaddar) whose thread was manually spinned, loomed and dyed with natural pigments. It quality was evaluated according to the fineness and regularity of its surface. Khaddar can be of four colors, white being give to mature women or widows while red was associated with youth and was by far the most widespread tone. Black and blue colors were kept for everyday worn shawls as they prevented from admitting stains and dirt.

Depending on the region, these stripes were sewed before or after the embroidery work. It is important to observe that the Punjab, known for its cotton cultivations. This area is very proper area for cotton establishment. The khaddar was made on the wrong side of the embroidery with the help of the thread of floss silk called pat. Mostly brought from Afghanistan, Bengal or China by itinerant dealers who were selling it by weight, this silk was quite costly and, for this reason, it has pushed the Punjab women to embellish the fabric on its visible side only in order to save as much like as possible.

A Phulkari was at times made by one woman and at times by several ones who could even work together on different parts or stripes of khaddar. As we know before, these pieces were usually made by the family of the bride. Yet, as in the rich families a dowry could include several dozens of Phulkari, some professional embroiderers were occasionally employed.
Further fabricated by a family for its own use, the fact of having completed a Phulkari signified an important step for a girl on her way to becoming a woman. These patterns were not documented but transmitted by word of mouth. Thus, each regional group was trackable by its unique embroidery work. The Phulkari cotton chudidhar are much liked by the Indian woman. During traditional occasions, festivals, co-operate wear and in parties this dresses are weared.

Unnati Silks, has trendy designs, attractive patterns, in pleasing colours and combinations in its wide collection of phulkari cotton salwar suits and Sarees, at very reasonable prices.

Unnati is one of the largest Indian ethnic online websites with over 300 varieties of traditional sarees and salwar kameez.Dispatch is within 24 hours of order. Free delivery & COD is provided for retail.Worldwide express shipping caters to almost all countries across the world.
UNNATI SILK PRINTS PVT. LTD, #3-4-360, Vajra Complex, General Bazar (Tobacco Bazar), M.G.Road, Hyderabad-500003.AP,India. 040-64555251 or 97000 57744.


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