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Tamil Lambadi Embroidery

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Porgai Artisan Association Society, with 60+ women, has been making and selling embroidered clothes to ensure that there is awareness about the art form and that it is passed on to the next generation

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  1. Tamil Lambadi Embroidery: A Rich Tradition
  2. Key Facts about the Lambadi Community

Tamil Lambadi Embroidery: A Rich Tradition

  • The Lambadi community has a long-standing tradition of practicing Lambadi embroidery, which they have used to adorn their clothing and household items.
  • This art form has been an essential aspect of their cultural identity, and the Lambadi people have made continuous efforts to preserve it.
  • Lambadi embroidery is characterized by intricate work carried out by Lambadi women on cotton and silk fabrics, using vibrant cotton threads.
  • Traditional Lambadi embroidery designs feature geometric patterns, including squares, rectangles, and circles, influenced by local elements like forests, birds, fruits, and flowers.
  • The elder women of the Lambadi tribe continue to wear the Petia, a traditional five-piece dress crafted with Mushru silk sourced from Kutch.

Key Facts about the Lambadi Community

  • The Lambadis are also known as Banjaras and are primarily found in regions of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka.
  • This community, which has settled in different parts of the country under various names, has transitioned from a nomadic lifestyle to permanent settlements known as Tandas.
  • The Lambadi people speak Gor Boli, also referred to as Lambadi, a language from the Indo-Aryan group. Notably, Lambadi lacks a script.

-Source: The Hindu


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