Definition of phulkari in English:

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Pronunciation: /pʊlˈkɑːri/

noun (plural phulkaris)

1(In South Asia) an ornamental cloth or shawl embroidered with silk flowers.
Example sentences
  • The phulkaris made by the Mirasis are also fresh in Inderjit's memory.
  • Handloom materials including churidhars with hand-designed embroidery, phulkari, shadow and mirror works in cotton and organdy along with hand-woven silk saris catch the onlookers' attention.
1.1 [mass noun] The style of embroidery used on a phulkari.
Example sentences
  • The Indian formal wear showcases stunning surface ornamentation and techniques from across the best of India including kantha, phulkari, quilting, appliqué, beadwork, resist dyeing and hand-block printing.
  • ‘Like the colourful, intricately embroidered khaddar phulkari has given way to the synthetic stuff, the Mirasis have given way to all kinds of pop singers and dancers,’ she says.
  • Years later, standing in the Crafts Museum, Hitkari was more than happy to share one of Punjab's richest customs and traditions - phulkari.


From Hindi phūlkārī, based on phūl 'flower'.

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