three panels hand stitched together; solid silk floral embroidered pattern in horizontal rows in orange, yellow and green on rust, one random purple; top and bottom borders have smaller floral pattern

Wedding veil (Phulkari), first quarter of the 20th century

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The Western world strongly associates beauty with good fortune. This connection is not taken for granted in South Asia. The region's folklore holds a deep-seated fear that beauty and happiness may attract the attention of envious evil spirits. Symbolic defacement serves as a protective charm. A black mark is drawn on a child's forehead; a dark spot is embroidered on a woman's wedding veil.

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Wedding veil (Phulkari)
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2005.136.134
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three panels hand stitched together; solid silk floral embroidered pattern in horizontal rows in orange, yellow and green on rust, one random purple; top and bottom borders have smaller floral pattern