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Friday April 13, 2012

Worli design for something different

Lavanya boutique at the Temple of Fine Arts in Brickfields celebrates the Tamil New Year this year with the tribal and folk paintings of Worli.

A silk saree with worli art. Lavanya has brought in a new collection for the Tamil New Year.

Although this art form has been around for centuries, only recently has it become popular and a hit in the global market.

Worli is the name of a tribe found in the northern outskirts of Mumbai in Maharashtra and their tribal art form has always been an expression of their daily activities and social events. It usually contains groups of people, with themes inspired from nature.

"The most common ones are about people sowing and harvesting as well as their folk traditions, tales and rituals. It is specifically an expression confined to the Worli tribe of Maharashtra," says Devi Maniam, a volunteer at Lavanya.

The technique of using pointed bamboo twigs with thin rice paste on walls of cow dung and red mud is unique to the tribe. You will also find images of people or animals, along with scenes from rural life created in a loose rhythmic pattern.

Worli is the name of a tribe found on the northern outskirts of Mumbai in Maharashtra and their tribal art form has always been an expression of their daily activities and social events.

"The art is depicted with simple lines, dots, triangles and other geometric shapes. It looks like a child's art but there is a certain charm and elegance about it," Devi says.

Since the design has been a hit with its clientèle, Lavanya has brought a new collection, featuring Worli designs in shoulder bags, telephone pouches, chic satchels and apparels for women, men and children. If you are into sarees, there are raw silk sarees and tussar silk ones with Worli designs up for grabs.

The latest collection of Worli come in block prints and are made in Lavanya's sister's organisation, Shiva Shakthi Trust in Coimbatore, India. This organization empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing them with jobs such as sewing and other handicrafts.

Children's wear with worli block prints.

"Although Worli embroidery work is also very popular, it is time consuming and the women have to work for long hours. Using print blocks are faster and more efficient," Devi explains.

Bags, kurtas, Salwa Kamis, men's and children's attire come in cotton. For bags, prices range from RM25 to RM80 while sarees are from RM200 to RM600. The Worli promotion ends April 17.

Lavanya is located in The Temple of Fine Arts, 116 Jalan Berhala, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur.

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