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Bagh Phulkari

Artist/maker unknown, Indian

Made in Punjab, India, Asia

Late 19th – early 20th century

Cotton plain weave with silk embroidery in darning, running, herringbone and buttonhole stitches.

7 feet 9 3/4 inches × 50 1/4 inches (238.1 × 127.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Purchased with funds contributed by the estate of Myrna Brind, 2005

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Bagh (garden) references a type of phulkari whose surface is fully covered in embroidery. Time-consuming and expensive to make, baghs were treasured. Most often their designs are fully geometric, as in the case with the orderly zigzag to the right, but occasionally they show other imagery. Geometric designs dominate this unusual piece but it also displays detailed wedding jewelry and tiny, abstracted human and animal figures