Week-long art exhibition highlights Phulkari in Chandigarh

March 2nd, 2008 - 7:46 pm ICT by admin  

Chandigarh, March 2 (ANI): Two art graduates–Sonal and Daphy Brarheld an exhibition at the Chandigarh Art Gallery this past week that highlighted the beauty of Phulkari or, flower embroidery.
The week-long exhibition, put up by the artistes of the Government School of Arts, presented the beauty of Phulkari and nature using a variety of colour schemes in their 24 paintings.
The exhibition proved that the traditional art form is still relevant and can be presented in so many ways.
One of the duo artists, Daphy Brar, said that she wanted to encourage traditional Phulkari which has been facing neglect due to increasing modernism in general life.
“Being happy myself, I have used bright colours in my paintings. Besides, I have used Phulkari as my traditional theme that runs all along the paintings. Phulkari is a dying art and has various colours in it. The colours used in my paintings are juxtaposed to animal motifs. I have used folk art as my theme, primarily, said Daphy Brar.
Although several attempts to revive traditional Phulkari art have been made through such exhibitions, the concept of capturing this art in a different medium has its own significance, Daphy added. Sonal, the other artist who focused on nature in her paintings, said that the colours that have been used cheer up everyone, as such a display of paintings is a method to illustrate the unexplored joy through colours.
“I have tried to celebrate the colour and form in my work. Colours inspire my rhythm, so at times while painting, I felt the palate as too small to encompass all shades of colours. Painting gives me happiness and that’s why none of my paintings show anything sad. I have no complicated theme,” said Sonal.
In Phulkari, the entire piece of cloth is covered with embroidered flowers. And, the piece thus prepared is called Baagh (or, a garden).
The background is generally maroon or scarlet and the silken thread used is mostly golden. Phulkaris are embroidered with various motifs of birds, animals, and flowers and sometimes scenes of village life.
Sonal and Daphy Brar told that they were eager to contribute to the popularity of Phulkari, making use of child-like imagination of the rural women in Punjab in representing flora and fauna. (ANI)

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