Punjab is a happening place and 15th largest state in India. People of Punjab are said to be very hard working. Punjab is known for Sikh temples, lush green farms Maake di roti te Sarso da Saag and Bhangra. The folk music of Punjab is very popular all over the country. The spinning wheel plays a significant role in the life of women and needle work of Punjab is unique, it has beautiful names because of its association with beautiful aspects of life. The traditional Punjabi embroidery art is Phulkari.

The pulkari word means growing flowers. This embroidery form, true to its name includes only floral motifs in bright colours. The rich smells and the colours of the land of five rivers are cocooned in this art. There is sanctity to the art form as the canopy over Guru Granth Sahib; the religious book of the Sikhs is of phulkari. The artisans involved in embroidery work in Punjab are very keen in creating several kinds of embroidery stitches on shawls, cardigans, scarves, table covers, cushion and bedspreads. Phulkaris were originally made by Punjabi women for their own personal use. They used to design embroideries on their garments for ceremonial occasions.

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Ms. Neetu Malhotra is a Faculty with Satyam Fashion Institute, Noida