Quite often we see Punjabi music, Punjabi folk culture, Punjabi food and Punjabi clothing taking the center stage, whenever the discussions regarding Punjab and Punjabis go on. As a result, the Punjabi art and handwork often fail to find the space that they actually deserve.
Basketry has been one of the most famous and long-standing handicrafts of rural Punjab. The manufacturing of these basketries has been a crucial backbone of Punjab's rural economy.
These basketries are made up of materials such as bamboo, cane, reeds, grasses, munj, palm and date leaf. Initially, there were used for various household purposes but now they are used as showcase object.
These beautiful flat-woven rugs have also been a jewel of Punjab's crown for long. Mostly dhurries are used as carpets to enhance the decor of the room.
However, earlier durries were part of just rural homes but now they are very much part of urban homes too. Currently, cities like Jalandhar, Amritsar, Nakodar, Hoshiarpur and Anandpur Sahib are the main centers of Dhurry manufacturing.
Another feather from Punjab's cap by which Punjab is known all over the globe. Phulkari is a floral embroidery that is carried over shawls, dupattas and headscarves. It is believed that Phulkari came all the way from Iran where it is still known as 'Gulkaari.'
In fact, Phulkari itself has more than half a dozen varieties amongst which Chope, Ghunghat Bagh, Darshan Dwar, Chamba, Suber, and Vari-da-bagh are the prominent ones.
A traditional handicraft about which you would have heard in Punjabi and Hindi songs many a time. Paranda is an accessory worn by the Punjabi women. Most of the Punjabi women have long hair thus tying paranda at the end.
Parandas are generally made of a bunch of silk threads, intricately woven skilfully. The entire paranda manufacturing hub is mainly concentrated in Jalandhar, Amritsar, Hoshiarpur, Ludhiana, and Nakodar.
Mud work craft is probably one of the oldest existing artforms of Punjab. This art of turning out dull clay into exotic material has been part of Punjabi culture for thousands of years. Among all other mud works 'Chowk-Poorna' is quite famous, which involves plastering of the walls with mud and further on decorating them with exotic colors and designs.
Apart from this, pottery is another form of mud work that includes the creation of exotic pots, dishes and jars along with clay toys which unfortunately are not as popular these days as they used to be several decades back.
Thus, these were the top 5 handiwork of Punjabi culture that all Punjabis swear by. Did we miss out on anything?