By Neha Gargi Last Updated:
Indigenous to Punjab, phulkari, the vibrant floral embroidery done on khadi (a type of cloth) with bright coloured threads is just impossible to miss. The intricate thread work not just exemplifies beautiful craftsmanship, but also offers a glimpse into the customs and traditions of Punjab. Thanks to designers like Manish Malhotra, Kanika Goyal and others, phulkari is not just synonymous to Punjab anymore. From dupattas, sarees, bridal wears, juttis, handbags to Indo-western clothes, phulkari is now a popular form of embroidery.
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If you are a bride, irrespective of the fact that you are a Punjabi or not, who loves the bright and vivacious phulkari thread work, then there’s every reason for you to include it in your bridal trousseau. Phulkari is very much in vogue (remember Anushka Sharma in Phillauri) and beautiful as well, so let’s help you set up a phulkari inspired bridal trousseau for you that you can wear with panache as a newlywed.
Get hold of some solid coloured plain suits in vivid colours like navy blue, black, white, yellow or red. Brighten up these plain salwar suits, palazzo suits or patiala suits with beautifully embroidered phulkari dupattas.
As the base cloth in phulkari dupatta is hardly visible, use the colours from the embroidery done on the dupatta to match with your suit. The trick is to always wear a contrast coloured phulkari dupatta with solid colours to add a beautiful pop of colours to your outfit.
With changing times and fashion demands, phulkari is now seen even in sarees made of different fabrics like cotton, georgette, silk, crepe and more. Bollywood beauties have also been seen wearing phulkari sarees on different occasions. Such sarees are easily available in the market, and if you want to honour the hard work of the artisans, go for a handcrafted phulkari saree to include in your bridal trousseau.
Depending upon your personal preferences, you can either choose a saree that has phulkari embroidery only on the border or a saree that is heavily embroidered all over. Team your saree with a contemporary styled blouse for a classy and modern look. Keep your accessories to minimum, if you are opting for a heavily embroidered phulkari.
With phulkari being the rage these days, it is not uncommon to find it styled in different ways. It’s frequently seen embroidered on sarees, indo-western dresses and even blouses. Paired with any simple saree in contrast colours, you are bound to look trendy as well as traditional in a phulkari blouse.
The phulkari embroidery done on a crop top or corset is another great option to go with your contrast coloured skirt or lehenga. Remember to accessorise such an outfit with minimal jewellery. Go for statement earrings, chunky or delicate bracelet in one hand and a simple hairdo to bring the focus on your beautiful blouse.
Phulkari jackets would be another perfect pick for your bridal trousseau that you can wear for different pujas, dinners and events. The bright and beautiful embroidery can bring out the best in you with minimal efforts. From long to short, phulkari jackets are available in vibrant coloured hues in the market.
You can pair these with simple solid coloured anarkalis or maxi skirts, think of Jacqueline Fernandez's look for Manish Malhotra’s fashion show less than a couple of years ago. You can even pair these phulkari jackets with one of your western dresses for a romantic dinner with your better half.
There was a time when, if you went hunting for phulkari suits you wouldn’t have got much variations in the silhouettes. But, thankfully things have changed today and phulkari suits are available in a variety of designs like the draped suits, anarkalis with phulkari embroidery on it, patiala suits and so much more. Some of these have just a subtle hint of the colourful embroidery while others are full of the intricate threadworm.
Any phulkari suit that you pick is bound to look great on a newlywed because of its vibrant coloured threads that are a part of the embroidery. While wearing suits with phulkari embroidery, be careful of how you style your hair. When the embroidery is heavy towards the upper portion of the suit tie your hair up in a beautiful bun and when the embroidery is more on the bottom half of the suit, leave your hair open for a balanced look.
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We hope the vibrant colours of phulkari would add colour to not just your bridal trousseau but also to your new life. Would you like to add phulkari to your bridal trousseau? Let us know in the comments below.