Mela Phulkari: Celebrating the Spirit of Punjab
Love phulkari dupattas and shawls? Do not miss this exhibition at IHC from April 6th-13th 2017.
The word Phulkari is synonymous with Punjab. The significance of this embroidery technique, which literally means flower work (phul means flower and kari means craft), in Punjabi culture can be understood from its inclusion in folk songs such as this one:
Ih Phulkari meri maan ne kadhi/Is noo ghut ghut japhiyan paawan
(This Phulkari was embroidered by my mother, I embrace it warmly).
Traditionally, women in Punjab drape them on special occasions but it has been brought alive in the fashion world all over by Manish Malhotra, Ritu Beri and others.
Lovers of this beautiful art work in Delhi must be aware of Mela Phulkari exhibition. For the uninitiated, this is an exhibition put together by the Punjabi concept store 1469 and curated by art historian and cultural theorist Dr Alka Pande. Bringing in its fourth edition this year, it aims to bring alive the vibrant culture of Punjab with installations, artworks and exhibits of the exquisite Phulkari weaves by rural Punjabi women. There’s a different theme each year.
Theme for this year
This year the exhibition explores the beauty of the written word through the simple beauty of the Gurmukhi script. Curator Alka Pande says, “Like Phulkari the origin of the Gurmukhi script is not really known. Attributed to the second Guru Angad, according to the Athur tablet found in Ludhiana district it is felt that Gurmukhi was prevalent even before.”
Where: India Habitat Centre’s Open Palm Court
When: April 6th-13th 2017
Entry Fee: Free