various facts of this embroidery are-
Used- Cotton fabric is used to do
toda embroidery. The fabric should be loosely woven because the embroidery is
done by counting the weaves.
Colours-Colour of the ground fabric is off- white. The
colours of the threads are red and black.
Basically all the traditional
embroidery inspiration is taken from nature, day to day life activities,
mythological stories and reflects the colours of flaura and fauna of that
particular region. The embroidery of the particular region tells the story of
the particular region. In this case also the motifs are inspired from local
surrounding. Buffalo horn is the most important motif because the tribals
worship buffalo. Other motifs used are Izhadvinpuguti, which is
a motif named after their priest, mettvi kanpugur is a box. Sun, Moon,
stars, flowers, snakes and rabbit are the other motifs.
with the famous toda shawls various other items made from this embroidery are
traditional drapes, puthukulis, dupattas and Table cloth, stoles, kurtis,
pyjamas, skirts, pants, salwar-kurta etc.
sum up embroidery is basically an expression of beauty, aesthetics which an
artist portrays with a needle and thread. This tribal embroidery of Tamil Nadu
is very distinctive and it should be preserved as this embroidery is dyeing. We
should use this embroidery in different articles as purse, pouches and retail
it in International and national market. In this way we can revive and save the
rich cultural heritage India.
Usha-Designs For Lifetime
Usha-Ethnic Embroidery of India
D. Shailja- Traditional Embroideries of India
The author is a
Research Scholar and Senior Faculty at Satyam Fashion Institute