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Phulkaris from Punjab with Saima Kaur

14th May 2023 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

During this interactive talk, artist Saima Kaur will share her love of Phulkari embroideries and explain how they have informed her practice. She will share examples of specific Phulkaris to illustrate their context, use of colour, and their form, before showing examples of her own work.

The talk will include a demonstration of some of the techniques and stitches she uses and how they can become the basis for creating work that is full of joy, colour and magic!

This event is taking place as part of Sunny Bank Mills’ first ‘Threads Textile Festival’ – a weekend celebrating textiles through a series of talks, workshops and a textile market featuring over 40 stallholders per day!

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About Saima

Saima Kaur is a Yorkshire based textile artist specialising in hand embroidery inspired by Indian folk art. In particular, her work is informed by the figurative folk embroideries of Punjab, India, known as Phulkaris. Kaur applies their bold use of colour, illustrative qualities and storytelling techniques to her own work in a bid to create hand embroideries that are places of dreams, magic and play. She often adds text and humour to her work, giving them a very contemporary quality.

Kaur studied Contemporary Arts and previously worked in the Arts and Museum sector. She is now a full time textile artist and freelance tutor. Kaur makes and sells work for interiors alongside delivering community projects that explore wellbeing and acts of kindness.

Instagram @sewsaima


About the venue

Sunny Bank Mills is an inspirational cultural destination in the heart of the local community of Farsley, Leeds. Founded in 1829, these glorious Mills are being regenerated by the sixth generation of the family owners, creating a wonderful blend of work, leisure and culture.


Terms and conditions

Tickets for this event are non-refundable. If the event is postponed or cancelled for any reason your ticket will be fully refunded.


14th May 2023
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Sunny Bank Mills Farsley
83-85 Town Street
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS28 5UJ United Kingdom