Phulkari Photograph 1

Series nameCraft

This colour image portrays examples of ‘phulkari’ or “flower work”. Cushion covers, caps and a bag are examples of this traditional embroidery of Asia. In 1996 – 1997, Sampad implemented ‘Pipli’, a Crafts project, which culminated in a major exhibition of thirty appliquĂ©d and embroidered lanterns and hangings. ‘Pipli’ was a collaborative project with three local authorities, Sandwell, Birmingham and Staffordshire and aimed to develop local craft skills among fifty South Asian women. The exhibition was launched at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and thereafter commenced a three-year national tour. The lead artist was Ranbir Babrah.

Date of Creation / Publication1996
Associated Person/ OrganisationRay, Piali
Collection and Reference NumberSampad Collection (GB 2661 SA)
Catalogue NumberSA/CR/2
CopyrightThe Creator and/ or the associated person or organisation where applicable
Access to originalsThe originals belong to Sampad
Series notesWithin the Crafts sector, Sampad's initiatives are carried out in partnership with Birmingham based Craftspace Touring. The main emphasis of the partnership is to work with diverse crafts people in education and community contexts. Together, Sampad and Craftspace Touring support new craft work, exhibitions and special events.
Collection notesSampad was founded in 1990, under the directorship of Piali Ray OBE. The arts organisation was established to strengthen the infrastructure of South Asian arts in the West Midlands and Birmingham region. Due to Director Piali Ray's background as a dancer, this South Asian arts development agency has retained its strengths in dance, however its current remit is much wider, covering cross art forms of music, theatre, crafts and literature within education and community environments.