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Note on Red Phulkaris / Use in Wedding Consummation Rituals

August 09, 2021 1 min read

Immersive exposure and study of the 29 white-base phulkaris led to certain observations.

Supplemented by readings of published material (Cooney (2019), Hershman (1981) and Ibbetson (1939)) led to the formation of a hypothesis.

To determine the plausibility of this hypothesis, fieldwork was conducted in 8 towns in Punjab with senior ladies.

The findings of this exploratory study – termed “breakthrough” by a collector-client who is a well-traveled public figure – have been presented with love and respect for the people and traditions of Punjab of that era.

The report is available in the link below:




For those interested in this group of textiles, view more of these here: Link


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