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Phulkari: The Embroidered Textiles of Punjab From the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection

edited by Darielle Mason ; with essays by Cristin McKnight Sethi and Darielle Mason
Format
Book
Published
Philadelphia, PA, USA : Philadelphia Museum of Art ; New Haven : In association with Yale University Press, [2017]
Language
English
ISBN
0300225903, 9780300225907, 9780876332757, 0876332750
Summary
Exquisite and labor-intensive, phulkari ("floral-work" or "flower-craft") embroideries were originally produced by women in towns and villages across the greater Punjab, a region that today straddles Pakistan and India, from at least the early 19th century into the first decades of the 20th. Phulkaris were made from brightly colored silk thread on rough, earth-toned fabric. When done for domestic use, they functioned primarily as women's wraps at weddings or other important events. Especially following the Punjab's devastating partition in 1947, phulkaris were also produced as commercial exports. Focusing on a group of nineteen stunning works from the collection of Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz, Phulkari surveys the genre's fascinating history. This is the first publication outside South Asia specifically on this art form. It also offers significant new information on the craft and its importance to personal, familial, and regional identity in the past and the present. USA (12.03-09.07.2017).
Description
96 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color map ; 23 x 30 cm
Notes
  • "Published on the occasion of an exhibition held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, March 12-July 9, 2017"--Title page verso.
  • Includes bibliographical references (page 95).
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