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 southern most settlement of Lambadis in India. We, the women of the community had a rich tradition of hand embroidery which our ancestors did on the clothing and other day to day articles. In course of time, when we stopped wearing the traditional dress, the craft was lost for more than 2 generations. Since 2006, with the facilitation of Tribal Health Initiative we 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”.
We are now a registered society of 60 lambadi women.
we use the Best fabric
Organic Cotton from the Sittilingi Valley
At the core of what Porgai represents is self-sufficiency and independence, be it for our women, our villages or the ecosystem we call our home. All of our artisans are farmers themselves, taking to their craft during the dry summer and other seasons where there is no agricultural work available. In this light the need to both integrate our own agriculture into the craft and to ensure that our agriculture is as sustainable as the craft we indulge in is essential.
Thus, a majority of Porgai’s products are made from organic cotton grown in our own villages. This cotton, untrammelled by pesticides and unpolluted by chemical fertilisers is then hand-spun, hand-woven and dyed with natural dyes by cooperatives. Every step in the process of bringing Porgai reinforces our commitment to protect, cherish and celebrate the oneness of our village ecosystem with the forests around and the earth beneath us.
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