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‘Phul’ means flower and ‘Kari’ indicates craftwork, thus, phulkari basically means floral work. The entire piece of cloth is embroidered with flower work. It is considered as an integral part of all the wedding ceremonies in Punjab. We have seen phulkari dupattas ruling the market for many years. Phulkari lehengas are the advanced version of those beautiful phulkari dupattas. Trending rapidly, the lehengas made from phulkari fabric is loved by all. This new design in bridal wear is awe-inspiring literally.
We have spotted some real brides flaunting such stunning lehengas effortlessly. Brides, you must admit that the phulkari print lehenga is one such gorgeous lehenga you all were dreaming for so long to come into existence. The detailed phulkari work is everything a bride needs in her wedding outfit.
The ‘Kashida of Bihar’ is a bit similar to the motifs of phulkari work. In earlier days, every woman used to weave phulkari for her daughter, they used these embroideries for shawls, dupattas, and Ghaghara. The design and color combination of phulkari has been changed in the modern days. Traditionally, phulkari embroidery was done on khaddar fabric. The phulkari design is made using long and short darn stitches. This intricate thread work indicates the royal and traditional culture of Punjab.
Phulkari embroidery is not just signifying Punjab, it’s trending throughout the world. Ace designers like Manish Malhotra, Rohit Bal, and many others have showcased the versatility of the phulkari embroidery in their shows. The magnificent lehengas having phulkari embroidery all over, is like the cherry on the cake. At present, these glamorous lehengas are becoming everyone’s favorite.
Whether you are a Punjabi bride or not, opting for a phulkari work lehenga is a good option. This technique of embroidery may have become old but still ruling the clothes industry gracefully. In old times, phulkari embroidery was usually of geometrical patterns. These geometrical patterns or motifs are being influenced by the ‘Heer Bharat’ the famous embroidery of Gujarat. There are several ways to rock phulkari lehenga at your wedding ceremonies. You can wear these gorgeous lehengas on almost all the wedding ceremonies or any other function you like.
Historically, the ever-green phulkari lehengas were worn by all the women of Punjab during wedding festivals and other cheerful occasions. These were not allowed for the sale in the market. It was considered true folk art. Punjabi women used to create these stunning designs for their own use or for the use of any other family member. But nowadays we have seen many Indian Brides flaunting this ever-so-gorgeous phulkari embroidery work in their bridal trousseau.
The most preferred color to make darn stitches is red and various shades of red as this color is considered auspicious by Hindus. Other colors are also used to make the detailed and intricate phulkari wedding lehengas. These days, brides are paying their full attention to these lehengas rather than any other embroidered lehengas.
There are different types of phulkari patterns available and each one is beautiful in its own way. Traditionally, phulkaris were given away to the bride at the time of the wedding, it used to define the status of the family. Depending on the family status, the parents of the bride would give a dowry of phulkaris to their daughter.
Have a look at these Oh-So-beautiful Phulkari lehengas, undeniably rich in history:
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These outstanding Phulkari lehenga designs will surely get all the attention this wedding season. We know you too would love to wear such phulkari embroidered phenomenal lehengas. Drop your views about how stunning you feel in these lehengas in the comment section below.
By Saloni Agarwal | 26 Mar, 2020
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