During the 3rd G20 Culture Working Group Meeting held in Hampi, Karnataka, a Guinness World Record was achieved for the “largest display of Lambani items.” The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, praised this achievement. The display consisted of a remarkable collection of 1,755 Lambani items, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the Lambani community. This recognition highlights the cultural diversity and artistic traditions of India and serves as a testament to the importance of preserving and promoting indigenous crafts and traditions. The achievement of this Guinness World Record showcases the country’s commitment to celebrating and honoring its vibrant cultural heritage on a global platform.
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- The ‘Threads of Unity’ exhibition showcased the artistic brilliance of Lambani embroidery, created by more than 450 women artisans and cultural practitioners from the Lambani community in Karnataka.
- These talented individuals used GI-tagged Sandur Lambani embroidery to create a stunning collection of 1,755 patchwork pieces.
- The exhibition not only celebrated the aesthetic expressions and design vocabulary of Lambani embroidery but also highlighted the sustainable practices embedded in traditional Indian craftsmanship.
- The event was inaugurated by Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Coal, and Mines, Pralhad Joshi, who acknowledged the significance of Lambani patchwork embroidery as a symbol of India’s rich cultural heritage and sustainable artistic traditions.
About the Lambani Embroidery
Lambani embroidery is a captivating textile art form characterized by vibrant threads, intricate mirror-work, and unique stitch patterns.
- It is practiced in various villages across Karnataka, including Sandur, Keri Tanda, Mariyammanahalli, Kadirampur, Sitaram Tanda, Bijapur, and Kamalapur.
- The Lambani craft tradition involves skillfully stitching together small pieces of discarded fabric, creating visually stunning textiles.
- This sustainable practice of patchwork is not only prevalent in the Lambani community but also in many other textile traditions in India and around the world.
- The embroidery techniques and aesthetic elements of Lambani embroidery are shared with textile traditions in Eastern Europe, West Asia, and Central Asia.
Promoting the art of Lambani embroidery serves two important purposes. Firstly, it preserves a living heritage practice of India, ensuring that this rich tradition is passed down to future generations. Secondly, it empowers women by providing them with economic independence through their involvement in the craft. By showcasing the artistry of Lambani embroidery, the initiative aligns with the third priority of the Culture Working Group (CWG) – the promotion of cultural and creative industries and the creative economy.
Overall, this initiative shines a spotlight on the remarkable artistic tradition of Lambani embroidery, supporting the creative economy of Karnataka and India as a whole.
3rd G20 Culture Working Group (CWG) Meeting
The third meeting of the G20 Culture Working Group (CWG) is currently taking place in Hampi from July 9 to 12. This meeting follows the previous meetings held in Khajuraho and Bhubaneswar. The CWG is dedicated to promoting “Culture for LiFE,” an initiative that encourages an environmentally conscious lifestyle and collective action toward sustainability.
- The meeting is attended by around 50 delegates from member countries, guest nations, and multilateral organizations.
- During the discussions, progress has been made in bridging differing opinions and reaching a consensus on various matters.
- Union Culture Secretary, Govind Mohan, expressed satisfaction with the deliberations and the steps taken towards consensus-building.
- In his address at the inaugural session, Union Minister Pralhad Joshi highlighted the transition from identifying priorities to focusing on action-oriented recommendations that can shape cultural policies. He emphasized that the participants are not merely attendees but active participants in a global cultural shift.
- As part of the meeting, the delegates have the opportunity to visit notable heritage sites in Hampi, including the Vijaya Vittala Temple, the Royal Enclosure, and the Yeduru Basavanna complex of the Hampi group of monuments. These sites hold immense historical and cultural significance and are recognized as UNESCO World Heritage sites.
- The excursion allows delegates to experience the rich heritage and architectural marvels of Hampi while fostering a deeper understanding of India’s cultural legacy.
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