Embroidery of the Punjab. Literally, ‘flower craft’ or ‘flowering work’. The base cloth was invariably khadder, hand-spun, handwoven cotton cloth. But the embroidery is done in soft, untwisted floss silk yarn, dyed in rich and auspicious colours like red, orange, yellow and green. The Phulkari shawls were often connected with ceremonious occasions, like childbirth and marriage. The stitches used are usually the short and long darning stitch, but creating an iridescent, vibrant colourful composition. Shishdar phulkari incorporates mirrors in the embroidery.