714 Antique Sarpallu Phulkari Bagh

Wedding Textile Art from Punjab usually created by the grandmother, mother & aunts of the bride over several years. Handmade cotton cloth is embroidered with silk. Used at the wedding and subsequently throughout life at other family ceremonies.

Superb example of a Sar Pallu.

TEXTILE ART FORM: Silk Embroidery covering the Handmade cotton base

PATTERN / MOTIF: Sar Pallu Picasso-esque art

BASE CLOTH MATERIAL: Handwoven Cotton

BASE CLOTH COLOR: Deep Rust

NUMBER OF PANELS IN BASE CLOTH: 3

 STITCH LAYOUT TYPE: Long dovetail

 SIZE: 130 cm x 236 cm

 AGE: Estimated to be from the early 1900s

 REGION: Punjab, Undivided India

NOTES:

1) Use of 5 colors of Silk

2)Note the spectacular Animal motif!!! Rare!

3) The art is clearly spectacular and unforgettable but the silk thread is laid out sparsely. This suggests limited resources. It is possible that the family, though wealthy in creativity was financially challenged and the silk available for use was not abundant. This adds a special dimension to the artwork - a glimpse of the soul of the art & its creation.

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CONDITION REPORT:

STITCH DENSITY: Sparse overall. In the inner sections of the left and right embroidery bands, the sparseness increases. This appears to be a deliberate move as the sparseness is uniformly present along that band. It could have been with the aim of  creating a "transparent" effect or could be due to financial constraints in purchasing raw materials.

THREAD LOSS: Some thread loss seen in purple & cream silk threads.

STAINS: Minor stains seen.

HOLES  / TEARS / REPAIRS: None seen

 


 

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