Category Archives: Fashion and design

“The Toda embroidery is called as ‘Torhbohr’ or ‘poothkuli’ and the whole design of the embroidery is based on counting. It is done on a calculation and the finished product is so attractive and traditional, the whole effort and time taken to complete the same becomes a pleasure. […] The embroidery is done on the reverse to produce a rich, embossed effect on the surface and each one has more than nine intricate designs. The women do them out of practice without tracing the pattern or referring to a book.” – Gayathri V Raj in “Toda community forays into reviving traditional art” (Deccan Herald, 11 December 2011)
https://www.deccanherald.com/content/176591/toda-community-forays-reviving-traditional.html
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=4855

“Adivasi elders have complained of the loss of old ways and values, as the young move into modern clothes and emulate both filmstar heroes and non-tribal neighbours. Traditional adivasi garb has almost disappeared from younger people’s wardrobe. Women have switched to saris or salwar-kameez. […] Recently, there were discussions on whether the loss of tradition and culture is irreversible. Whether there is some hope of at least making kids aware of their heritage.” – Mari Marcel Thekaekara, writer and Co-founder of ACCORD-Nilgiris in “Glad to be adivasi!” (New Internationalist, 13 June 2014)
https://newint.org/blog/2014/06/13/adivasi-indigenous-culture/
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=15283

“Baiga tribe motifs vary for instance, from Bhil tribes. […] The aim is to be able to engage and work with a number of forms of craft and tribal art from all parts of the country — that are made with varying materials for different purposes and a diverse set of meanings associated with the craft or tribal art.” – Rites of Passage (The Typecraft Initiative’s digital typeface based on Godna tattoos: Working with tribal women artists from Chhattisgarh)
www.typecraftinitiative.org
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=21844

eBook | Museum of Santal Culture: A Catalogue on Santal Cultural Items – West Bengal

To learn more about specific items and their usage, type words like “instrument”, “ornament”, “drum”, “flute”, “puppetry”, “dress”, “ceremony”, “fish” etc. in search inside. For up-to-date reports type “Santal culture”, “Santali education”, “Santal heritage”, “West Bengal Santal dance”, “Tagore Santals”, … Continue reading

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The Bhils, a proud and ancient ethnic group: On the descendants of some of the original inhabitants of India – Madhya Pradesh

The Bhil tribe is a proud and ancient ethnic group inhabiting the Western part of Central India with the highest concentration in Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh State. | Read more >> The western region is home to a wide … Continue reading

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Toda, Naga, Rabari and Banjara costumes figure in internationally acclaimed collection of royal and ancient costumes – Gujarat

Umang Hutheesing draws from his family’s royal costume collection to create a bridal line that, he says, is not ‘fashion’. Umang Hutheesing isn’t too amused when people look at the embroidery on his designs and say, “Oh, this is zardozi,” … Continue reading

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The Adivasi way of life: Utopian or worth emulating by ‘mainstream’ society? – An ongoing debate

Anyone who has had some meaningful interaction with India’s indigenous or adivasi people, cannot fail to be touched by the encounter. There is a directness in them, an absence of artifice or guile, an almost childlike innocence, born of simplicity … Continue reading

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Tribal influence on Indian and international fashion – Chhattisgarh & Seven Sister States

While fashion is a reliable reflector of change, it is also the marker of a continuity of control exerted by the affluent and the powerful. Desmond L. Kharmawphlang G. Badaiasuk Lyngdoh Nonglait Wandashisha Rynjah in Globalization: The Khasi Perspective, p. 13 … Continue reading

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