Hand embroidery is one of the well-known Handicraft of Haryana. Hand embroidery is basically embellishing the cloth with colorful threads and beautiful beads. It is an art that is made with help of needles and thread creating beautiful patterns of design on the fabric. The embroidery designs are delicate and influenced by Mughal designs. The designs and motifs are immensely illustrated by using subtle shades of colors.
The embroidery was traditionally made on household objects such as toran and chakla and on the long skirts worn by the women of the region. The handwork is done carefully using colored threads. Each embroidery styles and motifs depend on the artisan’s creativity. The colorful threads and beading work gives an aesthetic look to the cloth.
The term Phulkari is a Punjabi term is obtained from two words: ‘Phul’ and ‘Kari’ meaning ‘flower’ and ‘work’ and so the word Phulkari translates into ‘flower work’ or ‘floral work’. The Phulkari embroidery first began in Punjab in the 15th century by the women of Punjab. It is the rural handmade embroidery tradition of Punjab and is also known as the folk embroidery of Punjab. Even though Phulkari means floral work, the designs in this embroidery comprised not only flowers but also included various motifs and geometrical patterns and shapes. The Phulkari embroidery is overall very bright, vibrant and it brings color to people’s lives. The Phulkari embroidery is very popular worldwide. It was made by women and it celebrates womanhood.