Gorgeous square scarf with gypsy embroidery.
This colorful scarf was made from vintage Banjara Gypsy sari. The fabric is a very fine black cotton/silk blend georgette, which is like chiffon but a bit thicker, with a softer drape. The entire piece is covered with flowers embroidered in the phulkari style (see below), and two of the edges are bordered with tiny mirrors. This work is all hand done.
This piece measures 30 inches square. Embroidered square scarf.
The fabric 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?
Wash gently by hand in cold water. Hang to dry. Don't press!
This is made from antique sari and 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.
I purchase saris from a single mother in Delhi, who runs her own business selling vintage and antique fabrics. She acquires these saris from women during trips to remote villages throughout India. In this way, she provides a much-needed income to these villages and to herself and her son. It's very cool being a part of this network!