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Lambani Art

Facts for Prelims (FFP)


Source: PIB


Context: PM has praised the Guinness World Record achieved for the “largest display of Lambani items,” totalling 1755 items, during the 3rd G20 Culture Working Group Meeting held in Hampi, Karnataka


What is Lambani art?

It is a traditional form of art and craft practised by the Lambani community, also known as the Banjara community in Karnataka. It is characterized by its vibrant colours, intricate embroidery, and mirror work. It has quilting stitches with borders of “Kangura” patchwork. Lambani art includes a wide range of products, such as clothing, textiles, accessories, home decor items, and jewellery. It received the status of Geographic Indication (GI) tag in 2010 from Karnataka.


About Banjara Community:

The word ‘banjara’ is derived from Vanaj meaning to trade, and Jara meaning to travel. Banjara (sometimes called Gypsies) are commercial nomads. With roots in Rajasthan, Banjaras now live in several states and are known by different names like

  • Lambada or Lambadi in Andhra Pradesh
  • Lambani in Karnataka
  • Gwar or Gwaraiya in Rajasthan

 The language of Banjara is known as “Gorboli” “Gor mati Boli” or “Brinjari” an independent dialect ( under the category of Indo-Aryan language)