1071 Antique Meenakari Vari da Bagh Phulkari

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Dense Phulkari Bagh

The layout may be described as Meenakari on account of the colored dots that are strewen across the field and borders. The art of 'Meenkakari' is the colored-enamel work seen in Gold jewelry.

Fine small stitches tightly laid out in concentric diamonds - this arrangement is the defining factor of high quality Vari da Baghs that are part of the gifts for the bride.

Punjab, unidivided India

Circa 1900 or earlier

NOTE: The shade of the white silk floss threads used on the left panels is slightly different from the one used on the other half. As the panels are made separately and often at different points in time and each Phulkari takes years to complete, this variation is expected in Phulkaris.

I view it as proof of authenticity - as no commercial maker would plan for this.

 


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