PHULKARI BAGHS OF THE PUNJAB: ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE – TAASA Review September 2017
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This article was originally found in the September 2017 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 26, Issue 3, Page 4).
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Arjmand Aziz A lthough the most recognised of South Asian embroidery there is curiously little scholarship available about the deeper meanings of phulkari chadars or shawls.
Phulkari, literally translated as flower' (phul) andwork’ (kari), is used to describe several different styles of cloths historically made in the region of Punjab that today comprise the states of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh in northern India, and the Punjab province of Pakistan including parts of Swat and Hazara.
Within the hierarchy of phulkaris, baghs (literally `gardens’) were the most prestigious and precious. ...