Wherever one goes in India, unique handicrafts and artistic forms are guaranteed. Some of these regional handicrafts have a long and illustrious history that ends with their glorious present day revival, creating a fascinating web of cultural and artistic influences for sociologists to trace. One such craft is the art of Phulkari from Punjab. This Punjabi folk art is known to be one of the most vibrant and distinctive embroidery styles in the world, distinguished by its use of exquisite stitching and beautiful designs and motifs.
Phulkari embroidery is an art that is very close to the hearts of the Punjabi people and its history is intertwined with Sikh and Hindu history in north India. It is said to have originated in either Iran or somewhere in central Asia, from where it travelled to India and evolved into the form we recognize today.