Phulkari Lantern

 

All the flowers on the lantern are handmade.

Hand embroidery is embroidery done without the help of a sewing machine or similar electric tool. Hand embroidery is used by traditional artists who are skilled in their craftsmanship and have inherited the art embroidery from their ancestors.

I learnt my embroidery skills from my mother and so did my mother, she had learnt it from my grandmother, it is a valuable transferable skill. Which I will also pass onto my daughter and hope she continues.

Embroidery is an ancient variety of decorative needlework in which designs and pictures are created by stitching strands of some material on to a layer of another material. Most embroidery uses thread or wool stitched onto a woven fabric, but the stitches could be executed in, for example, wire or leather strands, and embroidery can be worked onto many materials. Non-woven traditional materials include leather and felt.

What is Phulkari Embroidery?

The traditional Punjabi embroidery art is phulkari.

The phulkari word means growing flowers, or flower work. This embroidery form, true to its name includes only floral motifs in bright colours.

The phulkari with very intricate floral patterns is called Bagh that means garden. It is primarily used on the odhanis and dupattas.(scarves) It is considered auspicious for the bride and for the new born. It is worn on ceremonies.

Phulkari for some time in India and Pakistan has been used in home furnishings specially wall hangings, sofa throws and other soft furnishings.

History of Phulkari

The origin of Phulkari can not exactly be traced. Reference of Punjabi embroidery though goes back to 2000 years back to the Vedic ages. The poet Waris Shah has mentioned Phulkari in the famous tale of Heer-Ranjha. Its present form and popularity goes back to 15th century, during the reign of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

Textile Artist.

Khadija Ingar

khadijaingar900@hotmail.com.