Tamil Lambadi embroidery

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Overview:

Porgai Artisan Association Society, which has been making and selling embroidered clothes to ensure that there is awareness about the art form and that it is passed onto the next generation.

About Tamil Lambadi embroidery

  • The Lambadi community has been practicing the craft of Lambadi embroidery for a long time, which has served the purpose of decorating their own attire and household items.
  • It has been an integral part of their identity, and the Lambadis have made constant efforts to maintain it.
  • The intricate embroidery is done by Lambadi women on cotton and silk fabrics, using colourful cotton threads. 
  • The traditional embroidery designs are all geometrical patterns with squares, rectangles, and circles.
  • They have also been influenced by the local forests, birds, fruits and flowers.
  • The elderly women of this tribal community continue to wear the Petia, their traditional five-piece dress which is made with Mushru silk from Kutch. 

Key facts about Lambadi community

  • The Lambanis are also known as Banjaras and most of them are found in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu Karnataka states in South India.
  • This community settled across the country with different names, have permanently abandoned their nomadic lifestyle and settled in their settlements called Tandas.
  • They speak Gor Boli also called Lambadi which belongs to the Indo-Aryan Group of Languages. Lambadi has no script.

Q1) What is Embroidery?

It is a decorative and artistic craft that involves embellishing fabric or other materials with needle and thread. It is a technique where designs, patterns, or images are created by sewing various types of stitches onto a base material. Embroidery can be used to add intricate and colorful details to textiles, garments, accessories, and more.

Source: Keeping the intriguing Tamil Lambadi art of embroidery alive