Their Work and Achievements
Several hundred years ago, the Lambadi tribals migrated from North Western India to down south for a living. They were a nomadic tribe but ended in settling down in Madhaya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamilnadu. Sittilingi Valley is the second southernmost settlement of Lambadis in India. The women of the community had a rich tradition of hand embroidery which their ancestors did on the clothing and other day-to-day articles. In the course of time, when they stopped wearing the traditional dress, the craft was lost for more than 2 generations. Since 2006, with the facilitation of Tribal Health Initiative, they have revived the craft.
From Neela & Gammi who had learned the craft from their grandmothers, but had no need to practice it, a few of us learned it. And thus was formed the PORGAI Artisans Association. “Porgai” in lambadi dialect means “Pride”.
They are now a registered society of 60 Lambadi women.
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