EMBROIDERIES OF INDIA / PHULKARI WORK / ARRANGEMENT
- With time Phulkari became increasingly elaborate and decorative which led to the evolution of a special ceremonial, Bagh Phulkari.
- Bagh literally means “garden of flowers”, and the term distinguishes the flowered Phulkari is that the embroidery is so profuse that the ground colour is no longer visible thus the embroidery becomes the fabric itself.
- Unlike Phulkari, Bagh demands more time and patience and more material, thereby increasing the expense. Thus bagh set out to be a status symbol.
- Chope is usually embroidered on the borders. It is gifted to the bride by her grandmother during some ceremony before wedding.
- The “Chope” is embroidered straight with two sided line stitch which appears same on both the side.
- Unlike Phulkari and Bagh where a variety of colours are used, Chope is generally embroidered with one colour (Golden or golden yellow mostly).
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