Very small embroidered shrug
This awesome little jacket 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 embroidered flowers done in the phulkari style (see below). The edges are covered with tiny mirrors. This work is all hand done by Gypsies!
This piece measures 65 inches across (from wrist to wrist), and is 22 inches from the nape of the neck/collarbone when laid flat. When worn, the jacket bunches softly for a very soft, pretty look. The wrist openings are quite small, suitable for a size 0-2 woman, teen, tween, or young girl. Small black shrug.
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!