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Toda Embroidery

  • 11 May 2020
  • 2 min read

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In the wake of the Covid-19, Toda artisans from the Nilgiris have come forward to use their traditional skills in making face-masks and to help people ward off the infection and also provide Todas with livelihood.

Key Points

  • Toda Tribe is a pastoral tribe of the Nilgiri Hills of southern India.
  • The Toda language is Dravidian but is the most unusual and different among the languages belonging to the Dravidian family.
  • They live in settlements of from three to seven small thatched houses.
  • They traditionally trade dairy products, as well as cane and bamboo articles, with the other Nilgiri peoples.

Toda Embroidery

  • In the Toda language it is called pohor.
  • The traditional Toda dress is a distinctive shawl which is called putukuli.
    • Considered a grand garment, it is only worn for special occasions like visits to the temple, festivals and finally as a shroud.
  • The embroidery is done by Toda women and has distinctive red and black (and occasionally blue) thread work in geometric designs on unbleached white cotton fabric.
  • It has got a Geographical Indications (GI) Tag.

Source: PR

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