This sparkly little scarf was created from vintage Banjara sari. The fabric is a sheer georgette (like chiffon but a bit thicker and with a softer drape). The scarf is covered with embroidered flowers and each short edge is bordered with mirrorwork.
The shawl is 45 inches by 10 inches. Pink embroidered gypsy scarf.
The scarf 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?
Visit my blog to read all about this style of textile and the phulkari tradition: http://miritextiles.blogspot.com/2013/05/featured-textile-phulkari.html
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!