What stands in contrast to the barrenness represented by the deserts of Rajasthan is the creativity of their women folks. While on one hand you have the bone dry aspect of the blowing sand, on the other there are colors that speak of lushness and fertility. We are talking about the Lambani tribal women here. But Rajasthan isn’t the only place they are found. Lambani art and craft have become an integral part of the southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka as well. The Bellary district acts as the center of all Lambani art. Heavy embellishments with silver coins, metal pieces and colorful bits adorn clothes, bags, table cloths as well as cushion covers, mats and veils. Bangalore too has had a great hand to play in promoting this variety of tribal art. Emporiums like Cauvery and Gurjari have everything that could get a buyer interested.
What to look out for
The eye- catching part of it all is of course their jewelry. Big, bold, chunky and beautiful Lambani jewelry, appeal to natives as well as tourists. But that’s not all that charms the visitors. As Tabrez from Tala Kaveri Handcrafts puts it, “If there’s anything as popular as sandalwood and rosewood items in the city, it is art created and inspired by the Lambani tribes. They can be anything from jewelry to home décor items and even toys. More than natives or even Indians, the Non Residential Indians (NRIs) who show maximum interest in this kind of craft”.