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1673 Rare Sainchi Phulkari Embroidery Textile from Punjab


Another spectacular Sainchi featuring the scenes from rural life in Punjab. 

The use of stripes in the motifs is unusual and creates a vibrant contrasting aesthetic.

 We see large animals in the pallo ends, birds with fancy tails alongside goats or camels. And finally we see a boundary created by smaller birds.

We then see several humans in various activities including one with a ball.

The most interesting of these is the one of the man wearing a tropical colonial helmet (that was popular amongst Europeans in the colonial days) seated on a chair with another man prostrating before him. The contest and narrative in not known but it does indicate a hierarchical display of respect by someone  deemed inferior to another deemed superior.

We also see the board game of Chopat and some flowers.

also noteworthy is the use of a little green and a little purple in the embroidery.

Condition is generally good but these is some thread loss.

Given the age of the textile artwork, deficiencies in the form of thread loss, stains, repairs etc are inevitable.

Age unknown but it estimated to be 80-90 years old


Punjab, Undivided India.



This item has spent a lifetime being used for the purpose of its creation with the original artist/user. Signs of this life lived heartily may be present on the piece in the form of stains, thread loss, loose threads, holes, tears, color run and other imperfections. Therefore the condition must be assumed to be “not” perfect. More photos of such imperfections will be provided on request.


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