Pulkari Head cloth or shawl

Pulkari Head cloth or shawl


Pulkari, Punjabi literally means “flower work” and was originally used to describe all types of emb­roidery. In time, however, the term came to be used only for an embroidered head cloth or shawl, some 1. 40 x 2.30m in size, also known as an odhini.  Pulkari are made in Punjab which is between India and Pakistan. 

The major distinguishing feature between baghs and pulkaris relates to the amount of embroidery. In pulkaris, the motifs are more or less regularly divided over the whole cloth, and large areas of ground fabric are visible. As a rule, the ends have quite different patterns from the centre and are often much more richly worked. The motifs on a bagh, on the other hand, are embroidered so close to each other that the ground cloth shows as just a thin line around each motif. Also the ends of the bagh almost always pick up the motif of the main field.

Stitched on to hand woven cloth this beautiful pulkari features a variety of designs throughout.  The Verudah Bagh design is featured in the corners and is interspersed with beautiful floral motifs.  All are stitched finely with unspun silk in a beautiful range of colours. 

This pulkari is in very good condition. 

Product code:  1143

Size:    1310 x 2400mm

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