a Beautiful 19th century Traditional Embroidery of Punjab India shawl, in Used condition, the size is 260 cms by 135 cms, its a very fine quality piece, the condition is great, a very rare piece, one of the finest examples of swat valley embroidery.
Object Name: Shawl
Local Name: chador
Place Made: Asia: South Asia, Punjab India
Period: Mid 19th century
Dimensions: L 260 cm x W 135 cm
Materials: 60 % Cotton; 40 % silk
Techniques: Plain woven; fringed; embroidered
Phulkari, which means “flower-work” is integral to the history of Punjab. The embroidery is done by women during their free time and the fruits of this leisure activity would be gorgeous dupattas that would be given away to the daughter of the family during her wedding.
The motifs that are a part of this embroidery are a reflection of the life and household of women. Everything that they observe - from the flowers they grow, the vegetables that they eat, to the animals and birds that exist around them - are embroidered on the fabric. As a result of this, the phulkari work done in each household is distinct from the other and has its own unique story to tell.
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