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Black Hand-Embroidered Phulkari Cushion Cover - Set of 5

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Black Hand-Embroidered Phulkari Cushion Cover - Set of 5

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The Gurbachan Welfare Society in Patiala was set up in the year 1995 - it empowers women artisans with skill development & design forms to hand-embroider Punjab's finest Phulkari Accessories & Home Accents.

About Me: For Phulkari, the coarse khaddar cloth is used as the base for embroidering. The threads used are handspun and loomed, while natural pigments are used for dyeing these. The most characteristic feature of Phulkari work is that the thread is embroidered on the wrong side of the cloth, opposite to the side on which embroidery work is done generally. Khaddar is taken and pat is stitched and embroidered on the wrong side in different directions- horizontally, vertically, diagonally etc. In recent times, block printing on the khaddar base has been introduced in order to aid women embroidering Phulkari for mass production.The designs and motifs created in Phulkari work are innumerable, unique and dazzling, geometrical patterns, motifs taken from everyday surroundings of the rural village like vegetables, plants, flowers and animals among others.

Measurements: Cushion Length & Width - 15 x 15 inches approximately

Care: Dry clean only

Color: Black, Green, Maroon, Orange

Weight: 215 Grams

Craft Process: Embroidery: Phulkari

Theme: Hand Loom, Hand Made, Hand Woven

Product Note: This is a handcrafted product from artisans and producer groups and due to the nature of the product, slight variation in colors or design may occur. Any slight irregularities are distinctive and are inherent to the beauty of this creation as it is meticulously crafted by hand.

The Story: Phulkari embroidery craft from the Punjab region literally means flower working, which was at one time used as the word for embroidery, but in time the word Phulkari became restricted to embroidered shawls and head scarves. Simple and sparsely embroidered odhni or head scarves, dupatta and shawls, made for everyday use, are called Phulkaris, whereas garments that cover the entire body, made for special and ceremonial occasions like weddings and birth of a son, fully covered fabric is called Baghs (garden) and scattered work on the fabric is called "adha bagh" (half garden). this whole work is done with white or yellow silk floss on cotton khaddarh and starts from the center on the fabric called chashm-e-bulbul and spreads to the whole fabric.

The word phul means flower and kari means craft, thus its name, literally means floral work or floral craft. The embroidery is done from the wrong side of the fabric.The pattern is controlled by the counting of the thread, but quite often the outline of the pattern is embroidered on the cloth in green thread. The needle picks up only one thread at a time, so that the back of the pattern is delineated with single lines of color in extremely fine stitches. In the front the stitch ranges from 1/2 to1/4 cms in size. In the bagh embroidery form, a single thread of the base material separates one pattern from the other. Thus an area is divided into twelve squares by this fine line, the squares themselves being covered with stitches going in different directions. As it is done on a thick material the embroider can work without a frame. The stitches used are darning, stem, herringbone, satin, straight, back, running, blanket, split, cross, and chain stich. The Bagh, literally meaning garden, has a variety of patterns inspired by nature. The panchranga and the satranga, five and seven colors respectively are some of the richer variations of this style. The bawan (fifty-two) bagh beats them all, as it has 52 different geometric patterns embroidered in one piece. Phulkari differs from bagh, as in the former larger portions of the base material are visible, the design being scattered.In the latter, the embroidery covers the surface so as to become the material itself. In another form, the chope, which is presented to the bride by her grandmother-in-law, the embroidery is done in yellow with occasional touches of blue or green only on the borders, the field, always red is left plain.

Shipping & Delivery: You can expect the delivery of this product in 3 - 4 working days from the date of your order.

Product Note: This is a handcrafted product from artisans and producer groups and due to the nature of the product, slight variation in colors or design may occur. Any slight irregularities are distinctive and are inherent to the beauty of this creation as it is meticulously crafted by hand.

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