Phulkari- In Bollywood style

Coming from the land of cultural vibrancy, traditionally, Phulakris, were made for family occasions only.
It holds an important place in the family rituals and weddings in the life of a girl child right from her birth.
 Phulkari was considered to be so precious that a family’s status was often judged on the number of Phulkari items they could gift their daughter at the wedding.
Anushka in Phulkari
Phulkari dupattas worn during marriage ceremonies

From dupattas, today this popular embroidery is also being done on kurtis, Jackets. trousers, juttis, bags. And also finding its place in menswear trousseau with bandgalas, kurtas, and jackets.

Fast forward to the present day and Bollywood – The Bollywood costume Designers have also shown love to the textile by reviving it on the big screen. They have created a vibrantly colorful personality portraying an identity of a bold and beautiful Punjabi Kudi. It is so appealing that sets you apart and re-energizes the characters in the movies.

1. Priyank Chopra In Teri Meri Kahaani (2012)
Costume Designer- Manish Malhotra
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Designer Manish Malhotra had reincarnated the 1960s ear of Punjab with Priyanka Chopra can be seen wearing phulkari bordered dupattas with Plain contrast patialas and short kurtas.
2. Kareena Kapoor Khan- Jab we met (2007)
Costume Designer- Manish Malhotra
Phulkari- Kareena- jab we met
Phulkari- Kareena- jab we met


One of her famous outfits in the song ‘Nagada’, where she wore a bright pink kurta with blue and orange Phulkari embroidery with, sequins and zari patterns. It was paired with light green Patiala and orange dupatta and mojaris (flat leather slip-ons with embroidery) or juthis.

Phulkari Scarves-  Adding a vibrant and jolly Punjabi touch to her look, Kareena was seen wearing phulkari dupattas scarves with her jeans and tops. This trend picked like wildfire post the movie- Jab We Met.
Costume Designer: Veera kapur
The embroidery has helped represent Punjab during the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.
Phulkari dupattas have been shown as a symbol of respect and holds a significant position in the life of a Punjabi girl. In the song Din shaana da, Anushka has can be seen in a wedding suit with phulkari odhanis and juttis performing marriage rituals.
Also, her friends at the wedding are also draped in colorful Phulkari Dupattas.
It was also reported that Anushka sourced phulkari odhnis from local markets and weavers in Punjab.
4. Anushka Sharma in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi(2008)
Costume Designer: Aki Narula
Anushka Sharma had a very subtle yet chic sense of style. she paired plain salwar and patialas with Phulkari dupattas.
These dupattas became very popular after this movie.
5. Kangana Ranaut in Tanu weds Manu( 2011)
Costume designer- Namratha Jani
kangana in Phulkari jacket in Tanu Weds Manu
kangana in Phulkari jacket
Kangana’s Vivacious Look in Tanu Weds Manu ‘Tanu Weds Manu’.
 Costume designer- Namratha Jani has created a very colorful phulkari halter over a white shirt in the movie!
Costume Designer: Sheetal Sharma
Reminiscing the rich textures of the Phulkari from the era of wars and sacrifices, Designer Sheetal Sharma has beautifully depicted the embroidery through the lives of women of Punjab in the late 1800s.


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Bollywood Celebrities Styled in Phullkari:

●After the success of the movie ‘Udta Punjab‘ Punjabi singer-actor Diljit Dosanjh, who starred opposite Kareena Kapoor Khan gifted her with Punjab’s  age-old traditional Phulkari Dupatta.
In the above pic, Kareena Kapoor is seen in her with a traditional Phulkari dupatta and a heritage sword for her husband, Saif Ali Khan.
kareena in traditional Phulkari dupatta and a heritage sword
Kareena Kapoor in traditional Phulkari dupatta and a heritage sword


●Kareena wore a  black long kurta with Mandarin collared Phulkari Multicolored jacket which didn’t require a dupatta.

It can a pick for your bridal trousseau that you can wear for different pujas, dinners and events pairing it with lehengas, shararas, pallazos and patialas.

Kareena in Phulkari Multicolored jacket
Kareena in Phulkari Multicolored jacket

●A perfect for any traditional wedding. Add this black Dhoti kurta look to your wedding trousseauSonam Kapoor looking classy and elegant with the multicolored geometric Phulkari embroidery on the black georgette base fabric giving it dhoti fall.

Sonam Kapoor wearing a phulkari dress
Sonam Kapoor in a phulkari dhoti dress
●Alia Bhatt airport look in phulkari dupatta with the black salwar pajama and sneakers. Make space in your wardrobe for a quick casual yet traditional and relaxed look.
Phulkari-alia bhatt airport look
Alia Bhatt with phulkari dupatta
●Giving it a modern contemporary look, Sonali Bendre in Multicolored phulkari Blouse with contrast Sari and Phulkari border.

Paired with any simple saree in contrast colors, it gives a  trendy as well as traditional look in a phulkari blouse.

Sonali Bendre in Phulkari Blouse
Sonali Bendre in multicolored Phulkari Blouse

●With the changing trends, phulkari can be seen even in sarees of different fabrics like cotton, georgette, silk, crepe, and more.

Confused about what to wear for your friends’ wedding making you look elegant and sophisticated, then go for a handcrafted phulkari saree.

Mini Mathur in Phulkari sari
mini Mathur in Phulkari sari

The government of India and Designers across the globe are doing their part for the revival of Indian culture and heritage of this beautiful embroidery that has been prevalent for centuries together.



2 thoughts on “Phulkari- In Bollywood style”

    1. –Methodological Difference: Phulkari has stitches that are closely placed and is done on the reverse side of plain fabric.
      whereas in chikankari first the fabric is block printed and then chikan stitches are run over the design. these stitches are not closely stitched as the ones in Phulkari.
      –Threads used: In phulkari- silk thread is used whereas in chikankari- raw cotton threads are used.
      –Origin: Phulkari originated in Punjab, and was done by the women of Punjab as a pass time n later gained commercial outlook. chikankari was introduced to Indian in Uttar pradesh by nur Jahna wife of the Mughal emperor Jahangir.

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