Mela Phulkari II 1469

Group Exhibition of Punjab and Phulkari – art installations, ceramics, jute, metal

The exhibition Mela Phulkari, presented by 1469 and curated by Alka Pande, was aimed at reviving the artform of phulkari and bringing in a fresh whiff of all pretty and popular things from Punjab. Phulkari, the popular embroidery technique of Punjab is not only a well-appreciated textile craft, but also a happy blend of colours and culture. The exhibition became a platform where on display werecolourful pakhis (hand fans), madanis (butter churner), tillajutis (footwear), Manja (village cots), parandis (the festive hair accessory), and not to forget the rich textiles and embroideries.The feast for the eyes paved way for ears too. Visitors were greeted by traditional musical instruments such as sarangi, nagada, dilruba, and dhadd. The concept was aimed at serenading urban Delhites and pampering their senses. The event saw a revival of art, craft, and culture in the feistiest form. The exhibition presented over 150 year old phulkaris, some of which belongs to the brand 1469, while a few were borrowed from the personal collections of royal families for public viewing. The ‘Mela Phulkari’ became the iconic image of the cultural identity of the state. The novel concept not only offered economic independence to the women-power, but also provided financial aid to the widows who were victims of farmer suicides in Punjab. 1469 is actively developing centres in various belts of the city to promote and popularize the art of phulkari. Phulkari is a metaphor that represents not just as a textile on which the women of Punjab embroider their dreams and their lives, but a leitmotif that represents the complex web with which the crafts and culture of the land are enmeshed.

Group Exhibition of Punjab and Phulkari – art installations, ceramics, jute, metal
1st April – 8th April 2015, Open Palm Court Gallery, India Habitat Centre
Curated by
Dr. Alka Pande