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Phulkari

20th century
Artist/maker unknown, Punjabi

This phulkari was made for a bride to wear at her wedding. The khaddar is a deep red covered in a gold and green cassia flower motif; both colors and motif symbolize luck, prosperity, and fertility. The bride would have draped the phulkari so that the large embroidered triangle fell over her forehead like an elaborate piece of golden jewelry. The decorative band on the opposite edge would have fallen across her back, catching the eyes of family and friends during the ceremony.

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