Living in Colonial India, that made Women Embroider Railway Motifs

Last updated 31st Mar 2020
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A pinboard by Jamila Juzer Siamwalla

Textile Researcher


The stunning appearance of railway motifs in phulkari textiles, from the mid-19th century onwards—embroidered by the Punjabi women, weighs a deep contemplation, on the socio-political and cultural strands of the British colonial era in India.

What is so distinctive, that speaks to the eyes? - Textiles, fulfil human’s basic needs. Furthermore, textiles are also a way of life and historically have been the non-verbal language of people; a...