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Artist/maker unknown, Punjabi

Made in Punjab, eastern Punjab, India, Asia
Possibly made in Pathankot, Punjab, eastern Punjab, India, Asia

Early 20th century

Red cotton plain weave, multicolored silk and cotton embroidery in darning, split, buttonhole, and Cretan stitches

8 feet 4 inches × 48 inches (254 × 121.9 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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The loose embroidery, curved-tree motifs, and thread colors of this work suggest it was made in Pathankot (modern Himachal Pradesh). This ancient city in the Himalayan foothills of northern India long served as a center for travel into and out of that great mountain range. The sharing of motifs, especially within regions, suggests that embroiderers worked from a common repertoire of forms. This sharing occurred both by motifs being passed down through the generations and by the circulation of actual textiles.