Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination – Voltaire
Oh the things you can sew with a needle and a thread or two!
Today, I think we can take some time to breathe in the fresh mountain air while we strengthen hand-eye coordination and create beautiful works of art at the same time 🙂
Does that sound complicated? It isn’t really. I am talking about embroidery and I found the perfect example of a tribal community that is well-known for its usable works of art.
Nestled in the Nilgiris “Blue Mountains”, also popularly known as Ooty in India, the Toda community is a group of pastoral tribes whose existence and traditions are deeply entwined with nature.
While the origins of the tribe are unclear, the unique designs and embroidery techniques used by this tribe have found their way into my heart.
Traditionally these embroidery designs called ‘pukhoor’ in the Toda language are made using red and black thread with the occasional blue on coarse cream or white cloth. All their designs are inspired by nature. Their traditional shawls (Puthukuli) are used by the older generation even today.
Their culture reflects nature and its seasons and patterns in many ways.
Most of their patterns include the Sun, Moon, and other animals like squirrels, rabbits and buffalo horns.
The women embroider on cloth that has two bands of red and black woven at an interval of six inches. The women embroider within these stripes without an embroidery frame or any pattern books. Everything they do is from memory and the finished product will definitely stay with you forever!
While I am not that adept at stitching, I found a really cute STEAM project for this week for all our aspiring artists. Check out this site to get tips and ideas for your great creation.
Try it out and share your creation on our social media pages.
Till next time, Happy Stitching!