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Artist/maker unknown, Punjabi

Made in Punjab, eastern Punjab, India, Asia

20th century

Handspun cotton plain weave (khaddar) with silk embroidery in running, darning, pattern darning, herringbone, split, stem and cross stitches

9 feet 5 inches × 58 inches (287 × 147.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
The Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Phulkari Collection

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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.