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Thai Textile Society show on Indian & Pakistani shawls
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Apr '14
Louis-Sebastien Ohl, member of the Thai Textile Society, will take on a discovery journey to some of the most spectacular large folk embroideries the world has known:  Phulkaries and Bagh from Punjab, Hazara and Swat Valley in India and Pakistan. 
 
This family of large embroidered shawls ranks high in terms of creativity and "feast for the eyes" value. Serving in social rites of three religions (Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs), they are numerous and varied among these social groups, making Phulkaris culture ever more fascinating. 
 
The variety of designs, vivid color palette, imaginative patterns and superb craftsmanship add up to their strong ethnographic dimension generating some of the most admired textiles from the Indian Sub-Continent.   
 
This art is practically extinct with the exception of a few dozen women who still embroider in a handful of remote villages in the Punjab and Swat. 
 
Most of the colors and patterns have already declined significantly after World War II, and saw further loss due to the wane in culture following the 1970s. Most of the pieces presented date from the late 19th century to the 1st quarter of the 20th century.
 

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