imprinting their ideas in needle and thread

18 Apr

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can you recognize which tribe in orissa these women belong to?

12 Responses to “imprinting their ideas in needle and thread”

  1. Bedabrata April 22, 2010 at 5:36 am #

    Dongria Kondh?

    In any case, fascinating zeal!

  2. Kamini April 22, 2010 at 9:56 am #

    Followed your comment on my blog to your blog. I love it. Before I became an interior designer, my second choice was textile designer, so I too love fabrics and textiles. I wil be visiting often…thanks.

  3. anrosh April 22, 2010 at 11:21 am #

    bedabrata – it could be the dhongria’s as you say. aren’t there around 32 tribes in orissa? – .. welcome.

    Hi kamini – there are many textile designers who have gone the interior designer way. welcome

    • Bedabrata April 22, 2010 at 11:49 pm #

      I do think it is Dongria Kondh. The story goes that conventionally the young girls would weave these colourful shawls to gift to their future partners. Hence traditionally these shawls came in king-size. However, these days, smaller sizes are also woven for business reasons. In fact, have seen sarees and cushion covers in the same style.

      • Ramesh Lalwani January 31, 2011 at 12:03 am #

        Thanks for naming the tribe.I shall update title of photo.

  4. anrosh April 23, 2010 at 2:34 am #

    … so the ritual of “rukwat” is also done among the tribals! – who knew. After all before we adorned ourselves in our borrowed dresses from the british – we all were tribals.

    And I have also heard that in many of these tribes the women are the main weavers. ..that it is also not a good omen that men weave.

  5. Anu May 26, 2010 at 1:32 am #

    Can also make out the tribe from the hairpins. Some of the young girls have a number of them I think. Was also amused to see the hairpin concept borrowed on one of the catwalks:-)

    PS: Loved the bangaldesh khadi….

    • anrosh May 27, 2010 at 2:14 am #

      Anu, Why just the hairpin – most of the the chunky jewellery that is seen as fashion statement is from the tribals.

      jonathan adler lamp animals are a ditto copy of jamini roy’s paintings of animals.

      Designers are picking up from tribal communities all over the world without acknowledging the source and if they do , we know it is just not an inspiration but a xerox. There was a discussion somewhere along these lines on some blog – Established names are taking the work of interns, without crediting them. I thought it only happened in universities, but seems like it is happening in every other field.

  6. Annaita June 9, 2010 at 3:41 pm #

    Amazingly beautiful, you have really captured the essence.

  7. Anu June 10, 2010 at 12:05 am #

    Hi just saw your comment. That’s sad-re Adler. It’s a pretty bad state of affairs where tribal IP is seen as available to all and its rip offs are somehow IP protected….

    • indianyarn June 10, 2010 at 7:44 am #

      IP’s are the next ‘make hay while the sun shines’ business

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