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Sainchi Phulkari

Artist/maker unknown, Punjabi

Made in Punjab, India, Asia

First half of the 20th century

Brown cotton plain weave, red and green printed cotton plain weave with pink, red, orange, yellow and off-white silk and cotton embroidery in back, herringbone, slip, running and buttonhole stitches

7 feet 6 3/4 inches × 55 5/8 inches (230.5 × 141.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Ann E. and Donald W. McPhail, 2012

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This elaborate sainchi phulkari bears an enormous variety of motifs. A lotus, a popular sacred symbol across Asia, rests at the center. Types of transportation include people riding in covered chairs carried on four poles, horse-drawn carriages, and great trains, as well as on camels, elephants, and horses. Daily village activities range from dancing to spinning thread and grinding grain to carrying water and goods. A checkered chaupar game board appears near a full set of wedding jewelry. There is no attempt to establish the relative scale of each motif; instead they act together to make a dense and balanced pattern