For the love of Phulkari dupattas

Quite recently, I paid a visit to an exhibition called the PULA Bazaar that took place in Pune and luckily I happened to come across this stall that sold lovely Phulkari dupattas and suits. Phulkari is an old embroidery technique originally from Punjab which is done on floss silk thread on coarse handwoven cotton fabric. It literally means 'flower work', as the names suggests. The intricate details of the Phulkari art will leave you amazed. So yes, I was completely amazed by the options I had in front of me and after a lot of confusion as to what to buy, I finally decided to go with this vibrant orange Phulkari dupatta.

The name of the brand from where I purchased the dupatta is called 'The Phulkari' and they deal with a variety of Phulkari embroidered suits, sarees, dupattas, stoles and jackets. They also have a boutique in Amanora Park Town, Hadapsar, Pune and if you have a fad for Phulkari, you must check out their collection! So, having picked up this vibrant and lively orange Phulkari dupatta, I wore it on a pretty much plain white salwar and churidaar so as to not steal the limelight from the dupatta. And of course, 'mojaris' (handcrafted footwear) and some silver jewelry were essentially needed to complete the look! The 'mojaris' that I am wearing was another smart pick at another exhibition called the Za Palooza in Pune. Exhibitions and flea markets are my favorite places to shop because that is where you get to pick up some really nice and unique handcrafted, handwoven items from different parts of the country. Also, with the growing popularity of Phulkari, the art has now slipped into western countries as well. Amazing, right?

Spellbound by Phulkari! 

Photography & Edits: Sanil Deshmukh
What I'm Wearing: Dupatta from 'The Phulkari', White Kurta from Zuddha (purchased at the Central Mall in Pune), 'Mojaris' purchased at Za Palooza (flea market in Pune), Silver Coin Earrings from Trinket Square.

Before I conclude, here are a few pointers for clothing with Phulkari embroidery. Since the work has an intricate detailing and needlework, you must be careful while washing the garment. The garment can be washed with hands, not too rough for sure, or you may give it for a dry-clean in order to maintain the life of the fabric. 

(P.S. This is what I wore on the auspicious day of Gudi Padwaa). I hope you guys enjoyed reading this post! Until next time, bye.. 

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