Woman Churning Milk in Phulkari by Harjeet Kaur

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Dimensions : H- 18 | W- 20 inches
Medium : Silk Thread on Khadar fabric

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Harjeet Kaur’s skilled artistry beautifully showcases the essence of phulkari through her exquisite creation. Her meticulous needlework reflects the rich cultural heritage and artistic prowess of Punjab. Each stitch tells a story, weaving together tradition and creativity in a harmonious blend. Here woman is churning milk while being clad in her traditional attire and jewelry as evident in the composition. With a keen eye for detail and a passion for preserving this age-old craft, Harjeet Kaur's phulkari pieces are a true testament to her dedication and artistry.
Phulkari is a traditional embroidery art form originating from the Punjab region of India and Pakistan. The name "Phulkari" translates to "flower work," reflecting the intricate floral motifs that are characteristic of this craft. Skilled artisans hand embroider vibrant threads onto plain fabric, creating colorful and intricate patterns that often cover the entire cloth. Phulkari embroidery is known for its geometric designs, bold colors, and densely stitched patterns that convey stories, emotions, and cultural symbols. Historically, Phulkari was worn by women as part of their everyday attire or as bridal trousseau items, symbolizing prosperity, happiness, and tradition. Today, Phulkari continues to be treasured for its beauty, craftsmanship, and cultural significance.

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Harjeet Kaur, a passionate artisan from Patiala, Punjab, has been weaving the intricate threads of Phulkari embroidery since 2006, inheriting the artistry from her family, particularly her mother and aunt. Trained at the Krishi Vigyan Kendra in Patiala, Harjeet's deep-rooted connection to Phulkari embroidery reflects in her meticulous craftsmanship, which has earned her accolades including district awards and recognition at prestigious events like Hunar Haat and Saras Mela Punjab.

From vibrant wall hangings to delicate photo frames, Harjeet's creations breathe life into every stitch, each piece telling a story of tradition and heritage. With a keen eye for blending old designs with modern aesthetics, she revitalizes timeless motifs, ensuring that the essence of Phulkari embroidery remains intact while resonating with contemporary sensibilities. For Harjeet, the joy of crafting extends beyond the final product; it's about preserving a cultural legacy and sharing the rich tapestry of Punjab's artistic heritage with the world.


“Ih phulkari meri maan ne kadhi, iss noo ghut ghut japhiyan paawan” – “My dear mother has embroidered this phulkari; I embrace it again and again with affection”.  Phulkari, which translates to ‘flower work,’ is a traditional form of hand embroidery belonging to the rural Punjab region of India. Though its name suggests floral work, Phulkari embroidery is not limited to flower designs but extends to several motifs, geometrical shapes, and patterns. History and Legend There are several theories about the origin of Phulkari. Historically, it was a community-based activity where women would gather to create embroidered fabrics for dowries, weddings, and other ceremonial occasions. It is believed that Phulkari at one time was practiced in various parts of the country but has only survived in Punjab. It has been mentioned in several Punjabi folklore and ancient texts like Waris Shah’s version of Heer Ranjha, Guru Granth Sahib, and many Punjabi folk songs. Phulkari is deeply rooted in Punjabi culture and tradition. It was believed that domestic women created Phoolkari works according to the morality and character of the person and often had symbolic meanings in their creative expressions. Technique and Details Phulkari is typically crafted on a plain cotton or khadi base (called Khaddar), with the embroidery done using vibrant silk or cotton threads (called Pat). The technique involves creating intricate designs using mostly the darning style of stitch. Other stitches like the herringbone stitch, buttonhole stitch, and running stitch are also used based on the designs. The embroidery is done on the reverse side of the fabric, with its characteristic feature, as the pattern emerges on the front- the narrower the stitch, the finest the piece. The only tool used in this handicraft is the needle and the embroidery frame. The motifs in Phulkari are diverse, inspired by immediate surroundings like flowers, animals, birds, belan (rolling pin), and moon to abstract geometric shapes. Each motif has its meaning and significance. The celebrated designs in Phulkari includes Thirma (symbol of purity, usually worn by elder women and widows), Darshan Dwar (an offering to thank god), Bawan Bagh (52 diverse patterns in Phulkari), Vari-da-bagh (gifted by in-laws to the new bride). It typically features a bold and vibrant palette, often with rich reds, oranges, yellows, and greens. 

Product Details

Woman Churning Milk in Phulkari by Harjeet Kaur
Harjeet Kaur
Art Style
Silk Thread
18 in(H) X 20 in(W)
Pink, Multicoloured
Country of Origin
Punjab, India

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