Definition of phulkari in English:


nounPlural phulkaris

  • 1(in South Asia) an ornamental cloth or shawl embroidered with silk flowers.

    • ‘The phulkaris made by the Mirasis are also fresh in Inderjit's memory.’
    • ‘Handloom materials including churidhars with hand-designed embroidery, phulkari, shadow and mirror works in cotton and organdy along with hand-woven silk saris catch the onlookers' attention.’
    1. 1.1mass noun The style of embroidery used on a phulkari.
      • ‘The origin of phulkari could well be traced back to the 15th century as even the holy book of the Sikhs says that a woman is an accomplished lady only when she embroiders her clothes.’
      • ‘The Indian formal wear showcases stunning surface ornamentation and techniques from across the best of India including kantha, phulkari, quilting, appliqué, beadwork, resist dyeing and hand-block printing.’
      • ‘Years later, standing in the Crafts Museum, Hitkari was more than happy to share one of Punjab's richest customs and traditions - phulkari.’
      • ‘Made with floss silk on khadi, phulkari is practiced by very few in the State today.’
      • ‘‘Like the colourful, intricately embroidered khaddar phulkari has given way to the synthetic stuff, the Mirasis have given way to all kinds of pop singers and dancers,’ she says.’


From Hindi phūlkārī, based on phūl ‘flower’.