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

Resources for the classroom: Learning from and about India’s tribal communities, their culture and knowledge systems

“[I]t is some of the basic values and ideology imbibed in the traditional tribal socio-cultural milieus that should have been emulated and promoted amongst the non-tribal mainstream, not, as has been going on, the other way round.” Source: ’Who Is … Continue reading

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Traditional dress, practices and festivals refashioned – Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh is home to about twenty-five separate tribes and as many languages/dialects in the Tibeto-Burman family. (Despite the descriptive inadequacies of the term ‘tribal’, the alternatives are equally imprecise; ‘tribal’ is a politicised category all over India [Beteille 1991], … Continue reading

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Reviving tattoos: An integral way of life for ages – Manipur

Tattooing the face, maybe a style fad today, but for certain tribal and indigenous people in the far North East of the country, such tattoos have been a integral way of life for ages. And now, a 27-year-old Naga youth … Continue reading

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Ancestors, social values and clan practices: Cultural identity transmitted through the weaves of the North-East – Seven Sister States

Folklore, myths and handloom Hidden within the colour, weave and design of tribal textiles are many legends If you were to look beyond the visible landscape of a weave, you would find myriad stories hidden in the colours and designs—tales … Continue reading

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The unique narrative of shawls worn among 16 major tribes: Reflecting one’s social standing and the younger generation’s changing tastes – Nagaland

ANTHONY KURIAKOSE narrates how each Naga shawl is a thing of beauty, mystery, history and eternal appeal. And how each shawl wraps in its folds, a unique narrative. In the textile history of  India, the warrior shawls of  Nagaland have … Continue reading

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