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Karnataka’s Lambani craft

  • Category
    Art and culture
  • Published
    14th Jul, 2023

Context

As part of the third G20 culture working group (CWG) meeting in Hampi, a Guinness world record was created for the ‘largest display of Lambani items’.

About Lambani craft:

  • The Lambani embroidery is an intricate form of textile embellishment characterised by colourful threads, mirror-work and stitch patterns practised in several villages of Karnataka such as Sandur, Keri Tanda, Mariyammanahalli, Kadirampur, Sitaram Tanda, Bijapur and Kamalapur.
  • The Lambani craft tradition involves stitching together small pieces of discarded fabric to create a beautiful fabric.
  • The sustainable practice of patch-work is seen in many textile traditions of India and around the world.
  • The embroidery traditions of the Lambanis are shared in terms of technique and aesthetics with textile traditions across Eastern Europe, West, and Central Asia.

List of some important crafts in India

 Kondapalli Dolls

Andhra Pradesh

Bamboo and cane Craft

Arunachal Pradesh

Madhubani Painting

Bihar

Wall Paintings

Chhattisgarh

 Lavo Mandri

Goa

Zari Work

Gujarat

Bidriware

Karnataka

Durries Weaving

Madhya Pradesh

Pattachitra

Odisha

Kantha

West Bengal

Kutch Embroidery

Gujarat

Chikankari

Uttar Pradesh

Kashmiri Shawls

Jammu and Kashmir

The Lambani Community:

  • It is a community that loves to adorn. They wear clothes that have a lot of thread embroidery, buttons, shells, sequins, silver beads, etc.
  • Not only their clothes, but their homes are interestingly styled, too.
  • The Lambanis have multiple colours on their walls, which are also decorated with artworks and art styles.
  • The Banjaras speak ‘Gor Boli’ — also called ‘Lambadi’.
  • Since it has no script, it is written either in Devanagari or in the local languages, like Telugu or Kannada.
  • Many people belonging to this tribal group are bilingual or multilingual.

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