Jasleen Dhamija who is well versed with the history of textiles arts exhibited the newest collection of Phulkari Bagh and Sainchi named ‘The Sacred Grid’ which was on display at the Crafts Council of India recently.
Phulkari originated from the regions of Haryana and Punjab where women still work on keeping this beautiful technique alive.
While talking about this showcase, Jasleen points out that her curated collection is inspired by the gorgeous Phulkari patterns. She says that Phulkari usually incorporates embroidery and floral motifs with the silk fabric. This technique is supposed to be rich because of the intricacy involved in the making of these patterns. She also mentions that Phulkari sarees are also considered heirloom pieces that are passed down from generation to generation.
While these techniques are also popular in the South; Sainchi is a relatively new craft that is not as popular as Phulkari. Sainchi is also a technique using cotton instead of silk and is embroidered with figurative work.
Jasleen also speaks about the richness and fantastic quality of Indian textiles that are used to make our traditional Indian wear. The 81 year old textile expert also points out the South India has managed to conserve the textile traditions and the sculptors of the region have also managed to keep this art thriving.
Source: The Hindu