Definition of phulkari in English:



  • 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. 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’.