Notes on Antique Textiles, Folk Art & Timeless Traditions – Jaina Mishra
Here’s another cultural remnant of the olden days in Punjab – A ceiling fan decorated with Phulkari work:
The rope is used to swing the fan and is held by the fanner – usually the wife – while the fannee rests on the charpai bed.
(This may seem like an offensive idea to feminists but there is a lot to be said in defense of the model in which roles and responsibilities are defined on the basis of gender & age – that works perfectly when everyone lives up to their responsibilities. I have lived both models wholeheartedly and enjoyed both equally (but more of that in a future note))
A close-up of the phulkari embroidery.
And a video of the workings of the fan (fashion police kindly forgive the blue jacket):
The simple life did have its charm!