One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(in South Asia) an ornamental cloth or shawl embroidered with silk flowers.
- ‘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.’
- ‘The phulkaris made by the Mirasis are also fresh in Inderjit's memory.’
- 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.’
- ‘Made with floss silk on khadi, phulkari is practiced by very few in the State today.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘‘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.’
- ‘Years later, standing in the Crafts Museum, Hitkari was more than happy to share one of Punjab's richest customs and traditions - phulkari.’
From Hindi phūlkārī, based on phūl ‘flower’.
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