The Committee on Southern Asian Studies (COSAS) is currently presenting an exhibition of Phulkaris from Eastern and Western Punjab. Popular since at least the 15th century, Phulkari is an embroidery technique from the Punjab region of India and Pakistan. The exhibit is curated by California artist Gwendolyn Dhesi, who has curated exhibits focusing on multiple styles of Indian embroidery arts in Bay Area galleries.
Phulkaris are made in two distinct styles: those from Western Punjab and those from Eastern Punjab. Dhesi traced the history of Phulkaris and Indian embroidery and explained the differences in the techniques at an opening reception. The pieces along with this information can be viewed in Foster 103 in conjunction with any public event held in the space, and every Friday between 3:00 – 5:00 PM during Friday Chai through March 18, 2011.
Please click here for more information about this exhibit and other events sponsored by Southern Asia at Chicago.