At G20 meet, a Guinness effort to shine light on Karnataka’s Lambani craft


As part of the third G20 culture working group (CWG) meeting in Hampi, a Guinness world record was created on Monday evening for the ‘largest display of Lambani items’.

Over 450 women artisans and cultural practitioners from Lambani — a nomadic community inhabiting Karnataka — came together to create embroidered patches with GI-tagged Sandur Lambani embroidery, creating 1,755 patchwork pieces.

The display titled ‘Threads of Unity’ celebrates the aesthetic expressions and design vocabulary of Lambani embroidery, said officials from the Ministry of Culture. Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Coal and Mines Pralhad Joshi, who inaugurated the exhibition, said the Lambani patchwork embroidery exemplifies many traditional sustainable practices of India.

The Lambani embroidery is an intricate form of textile embellishment characterised by colourful threads, mirror-work and stitch patterns practised in several villages of Karnataka such as Sandur, Keri Tanda, Mariyammanahalli, Kadirampur, Sitaram Tanda, Bijapur and Kamalapur.

The promotion of this craft will not only preserve a living heritage practice of India but will also support the economic independence of women, officials said, adding that the initiative is congruent with the third priority of the CWG, ‘Promotion of Cultural and Creative Industries and Creative Economy’.

It spotlights the rich, artistic tradition of Lambani embroidery, thereby promoting the creative economy of Karnataka and of India, they said.

The Lambani craft tradition involves stitching together small pieces of discarded fabric to create a beautiful fabric. The sustainable practice of patch-work is seen in many textile traditions of India and around the world. The embroidery traditions of the Lambanis are shared in terms of technique and aesthetics with textile traditions across Eastern Europe, West, and Central Asia.

After the first two meetings of the CWG in Khajuraho and Bhubaneswar, the third meeting is being held at Hampi from July 9 to 12. The G20 CWG is also espousing ‘Culture for LiFE’, an initiative for an environment-conscious lifestyle and a concerted action towards sustainability. As many as 50 delegates are attending the third CWG meeting, including those from member countries, guest nations and multilateral organisations.

Progress has been made towards bridging opinions during deliberations and arriving at a consensus, said Union culture secretary Govind Mohan.

Addressing the inaugural session of the meet on Monday, Joshi said, “We have progressed from identifying and deliberating the four priorities to seeking consensus on the action-oriented recommendations that would be a significant step in placing culture at the heart of policymaking.” “We are not just attendees at a meeting, we are active participants in a global cultural shift,” he said.

The delegates are being taken on an excursion to heritage sites such as the Vijaya Vittala Temple, the Royal Enclosure and the Yeduru Basavanna complex of the Hampi group of monuments, a UNESCO world heritage site.


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