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Thirma Phulkari

19th century
Artist/maker unknown, Punjabi

The embroidery of both this phulkari is stitched on a finely-woven white khaddar. This provides the common name of thirma (white) phulkari, which are typically worn by older women. The phulkari is covered with traditional four-petaled phul (flower) motifs. Its embroiderer facilitated her work by stitching on four smaller pieces and then sewing them together. The technique, color, and pattern seen in this thirma phulkari indicate it originated in western Punjab, now in Pakistan.


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