a cute cotton crop top with bohemian allure!
This is a vintage choli of brown cotton covered in colorful embroidery. The embroidery is hand-done in the phulkari style by northern Indian gypsies (see below for more info).
Cholis are midriff-baring, tight tops worn with a sari. When a woman purchases or makes a new sari, she or her dressmaker uses a portion of the sari to create a fitted choli to wear with it. Small brown crop top.
Size 2-4 (small)
Hook and eye closures in front
Bust (Chest): 32 inches
Shoulders: 10 inches across
Length: 12 inches
Sleeves length: 9 inches
Sleeves opening: 10 inches around
Bottom width:24 inches (torso)
The top has been decorated in the Phulkari style by Banjara gypsies in the Punjab region of northern India, right near the Pakistani border. The word Phulkari means "flower craft." Women create these things to be worn by themselves or loved ones, and they are never offered in the marketplace. On very special occasions and ceremonies, full-body phulkaris are worn, and they are called Baghs, which means "garden." How awesome is that?
I purchase these vintage items from a single mother in Delhi. She says she wants to share her country's beautiful fabrics with the world. I trust her implicitly. She goes out on trips to small villages in remote parts of India and buys saris and other fabrics from the women there. In this way, she is contributing to the village economy as well as supporting herself and her son. I LOVE being part of this network.
This blouse may have signs of wear such as small, light stains or tiny holes. I do my very best to insure that each piece is as close to perfect as possible, but please remember that they came from saris that have been worn and loved by one or more women. If there is something that is unacceptable to you, that I missed, I will gladly take the piece back.