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The Phulkari Trinjans: A Heritage Lost, Thread Therapy and How You Can Help!

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The Phulkari Trinjans: A Heritage Lost, Thread Therapy and How You Can Help!

All the women vied to look at the deep burgundy patterns of Simran's bridal mehandi. Shy and new to the Trinjan of her husband's village, she held out the palms of her hands to show the intricate floral pattens her sisters had lovingly drawn for her wedding just a week ago. "Your mother-in-law will love you a lot and so will your husband" - declared one, alluding to a common superstition that "darker the mehandi stain, more the love that you're likely to receive from your in-laws". Simran just smiled, still unsure about the beginnings of her new life but...

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Virsā Artisans embracing the glorious Past of Sainchi Phulkari

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Virsā Artisans embracing the glorious Past of Sainchi Phulkari

One of the most important missions of Virsā is: "Helping Artisans Re-Skill Themselves in Older, Historic Patterns. Encouraging them to Explore and Embrace the Glorious Past of the Phulkari Tradition yet again!" VIRSĀ's Artwork "Darshan Dwār" is part of this endeavor and one of our extremely talented artisans, Harjeet Kaur (below), took the challenge and she created a gorgeous Darshan Dwār Phulkari, which is on view at our Singapore Exhibition (August 19-20, 2017). 

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“I want to be a Fashion Designer”

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“I want to be a Fashion Designer”

Village near Sangrur (Punjab, India) – 2017 She was excited when her father gifted her a smartphone. The same week, she had received a Phulkari award at the local *Krishi Vigyaan Kendra and had just passed her high school exams. She was so excited. Life couldn’t be more beautiful. Joti's mother is part of a Phulkari group and with her dad’s permission and encouragement, she finally has her own Bank Khata Number now! She dreams of having her own Designer Label one day. "Punjabi and Hindi moviestars wear fusion clothing all the time…Long Indian Kurtis (shirts) with denims and those gorgeous...

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On the banks of the Rāvi in 3000 B.C.

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On the banks of the Rāvi in 3000 B.C.

Ancient Punjab, site of The Indus Valley Civilisation.  She eagerly awaited his return. He had been gone more than 45 moons and recent rain had swollen up the mighty river Rāvi. Her knee length skirt was dyed in red madder and so were her feet and hands stained in that warm red hue; perfect match for her ruddy cheeks and long flowing very dark hair. She held onto the *carnelian beads he had gifted her several years ago, a beautiful necklace still held together with cotton thread. She had learnt how to embroider pretty flowers on fabric she and his...

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