“Virsā – The Heritage” showcases an exquisite collection of Contemporary Phulkari Motifs painstakingly embroidered by Rural Women Artisans in Punjab, India.
Some of these pieces have taken between 300 to 1000 hours of manual work.
This showcase also curates a collection of Acrylic on Canvas Artworks, all of which are inspired by Contemporary and Heirloom Phulkari Patterns, Motifs and scenes that are an integral part of the Punjabi way of life.
Phulkari handicrafts are testimony to the labor of love of women (especially, mothers and grandmothers) who, for months and sometimes years, would lovingly embroider their dreams, memories, surroundings into a piece of fabric making the final “Phulkari” filled to the brim with a certain kind of humanity like no other! Wedding Trousseaus, Parenthood, Matters of Spirituality and Prayer, Chronicling the Village Fair and Curious sights that made up the Scene of Punjab in the Colonial times: The purpose and ambition of Phulkari Handicraft encompassed all this and much more!
Since the Partition of India in 1947, Phulkari has undergone tremendous change, especially in the wake of computer aided design and assembly-line manufacturing. The emptiness of such fabric is as palpable as the “living, breathing, overwhelmingly alive” pieces of hand-made Phulkari.
While the primary endeavor of the Virsā Exhibition is to offer the viewer a glimpse into the colorful world of this beautiful tradition from Punjab and especially, the artisans behind it, its objective is to also trigger the viewer’s curiosity to examine what “real” handcrafted traditional Phulkari is.
Venue: Visual Arts Centre
When: 19 - 20 Aug 2017,