During India's G20 Presidency, a remarkable milestone was achieved, by establishing a new Guinness World Record for the largest display of Lambani items, beautifully showcasing India's rich cultural heritage. The exhibition, named "Threads of Unity," was held in the historically significant city of Hampi.
Lambanis, also called Lambadis or Banjaras, were nomadic tribes who came from Afghanistan to Rajasthan and have now spread themselves across Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra. They are identified to be a community that “loves to adorn” and their exceptional feat involved presenting an astounding collection of 1,755 Lambani items. This remarkable accomplishment not only serves as a testament to the incredible diversity of Indian art but also acknowledges and applauds the immense talent and craftsmanship possessed by the Lambani artisans.
Lambani embroidery is a vibrant and intricate textile embellishment characterized by colorful threads, mirror work and exquisite stitch patterns. Mainly practised in the state of Karnataka, Lambani embroidery stands as a testament to India's cultural heritage. The interconnection of Lambani craft with textile traditions across Eastern Europe, West Asia and Central Asia highlights the shared artistic culture and historical migration of nomadic communities.
This Guinness World Record achievement aligns with the Prime Minister's campaign of the 'Mission LiFE' -Lifestyle for the Environment and the Culture Working Group's initiative for 'Culture for LiFe', promoting an environmentally conscious lifestyle and sustainability. By embracing Lambani embroidery, which involves sustainable practices such as patchworking, this record-breaking event exemplifies the fusion of art and environmental consciousness.