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  • Place of origin:

    Punjab (West Punjab (Pakistan), made)

  • Date:

    20th century (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Darning stitch in floss silk on cotton

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr W. Ganguly

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    South Asia, Room 41, case 28A

Physical description

Shawl of terracotta dyed khaddar (hand-woven) cotton embroidered with floss silk in darning stitched (phulkari-work). Pattern of small diamonds in gold coloured silk, embroidered in blocks of varying shades across whole field. Double borders along sides and single borders at ends of larger gold diamonds on a row of white, each row bordered by a line of magenta and purple silk.

Place of Origin

Punjab (West Punjab (Pakistan), made)


20th century (made)

Materials and Techniques

Darning stitch in floss silk on cotton

Descriptive line

Bagh (shawl), cotton embroidered with floss silk, Punjab, Pakistan, early 20th century; Textiles; Clothing; Accessories

Labels and date

Cotton, embroidered with floss silk
Punjab, Pakistan
Early 20th century

The Punjab region has a rich tradition of domestic textile-making. Phulkari, or flower-work, is a style of embroidery using shiny floss silk, and is used by women to decorate garments. The finest phulkari-work is done on special shawls like this one, which are called bagh (garden). They are traditionally begun by grandmothers on the birth of their granddaughters, to be worn on the girl’s wedding day.

Given by Dr W. Ganguly [01/08/2017]


Cotton (textile); Floss silk




Textiles; Clothing; Accessories


South & South East Asia Collection

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