So here we are back with another ancient wonder. Last time, we talked about something so vibrant and colorful.
This time lets talk about something which does not have many colour but is grand in its own way!
A fine play of the clay, soft and sift. Moistened turns malleable gathered and made to spin a slow wheel formed with shaping hands baked at a high temperature comes out a beautiful craft and both of them are ready :-an urn from pottery and poetry:-). (Jyantee Khare)
As many of you must have realized by now, this time we are trying to revive one of the most beautiful and dynamic of handicrafts- the clay handicrafts or POTTERY!
It is one of the oldest human inventions that originated before the Neolithic Age.
Pottery is an interpretation of the potter’s thoughts. With clay in one hand and wheel in another he can mould it into a magnificent beauty.
Did you know in ancient times cooking was done in clay pots. This added many important nutrients such as calcium, iron and sulfur to food,which are extremely beneficial to our body. Also, clay is alkaline and thus it neutralises the acidity of food.
The word phulkari 1st appeared in Punjabi literature in 18th century. Although there are many theories of its origin and its association with Gulkari of Iran, the most believed one is that it was brought to the country by migrant jat people. It is also believed that it was there in the country in the 7th century but managed to stay in Punjab.
It was originally made if thick fabrics especially thick cotton fabric known as khaddar with the embroidery done on the wrong side of the cloth. Soft untwisted silk floss called pat was used for embroidery. There is a reference of phulkari in Vedas, Mahabharat and many folk songs of Punjab.
In the past as soon as the marriage of a girl was fixed the women in the family started making phulkaris and baghs to gift them to their daughter.
The phulkari was usually used as head scarfs(odhnis), shawls or dupattas. Sometimes they were also worn as a whole outfit called baghs.
Phulkari has various designs with each design having a unique story such as:- Wari da bagh-representing happiness. Thirma-symbol of purity Panchranga-having 5 different colors. Just to name a few
But the tradition got a setback during the India-pakistan partition.This marked a tremendous downfall in the phulkari market. Also gradually with the increasing use of mill made cloth, the phulkaris somehow lost their identity.
Sadly, today despite of all the efforts of the government and the women self help groups there hasn’t been a significant increase in demand primarily due to lack of knowledge, lack of incentives to the makers among many other reasons.
But think about it, just one look at this art can make you feel so lively, so isn’t it worth every penny spent!?
I urge you all to take a few minutes to appreciate this craft. Also this festive season, as an effort to revive it, try gifting a phulakri to your loved ones or even yourself!
I will be back with another forgotten gem. Till then goodbye!
After the last one some of u might have been left wondering that what exactly am i talking about! So here it goes
I am talking about the life of our culture- the handicrafts!
Coming on straight to them today i would like to introduce u to a beyond amazing indian craft-PHULKARI!
The vibrant red, the lush green, The tangy orange or the royal blue. All of them willing to tell a story. Looking for a voice, Waiting to be recognized…..
In today’s time when everyone is barging toward black or white being attached to colors is such a great feeling and seeing that plethora of colours in your own country just adds to the fun
So, the first tradition/craft that needs to be talked about and revived is phulkari a word almost synonymous with the indian state of PUNJAB.
In literal sense meaning floral work-its a culture that speaks a lot about the vibrancy of the country. Its an art that offers freedom of creativity. For the people in Punjab its not just another art form its sheer depiction of love! Something that constituted a major part of Heer’s trousseau(wait, what u don’t know about heer ranjha then try knowing about them:)
Did u know that the europeans once used phulkari as curtains in their houses!!! Amusing right
Here we are in the 21st century. Hustling and bustling, working harder than ever before, crossing all the hurdles, designing new products, partying and so many other things….
But have you ever wondered what life was some past 100 years ago?? Sounds crazy right but the truth is that our past is brimming with much richer culture and heritage which is either left unexplored or else is forgotten!
Just think about having something exclusively made for u, handcrafted with love and hard work, are the mass produced machine things any match for it?
Isn’t it our duty to pay them for their hardwork and revive our culture which was much more sustainable!!(keeping the environment in mind)