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Phulkari

Artist/maker unknown, Punjabi

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

Date:
Early 20th century

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

Dimensions:
8 feet 4 inches × 48 inches (254 × 121.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
2017-9-10

Credit Line:
The Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Phulkari Collection

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Label:

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.