the art of toda
The indigenous Toda women from the Nilgiris, part of a small community as rare as it is unique, are renowned for their distinctive, GI-tagged, black and red embroidery. Inspired by nature, the pukhoor (motif) embroidery follows the warp and weft thread count of the base cloth. The thread is counted with fingers as the material is stretched just so, and a single stitch darning needle is all the equipment that is used. For generations, the finished product was created and intended purely for personal use as ‘all occasion’ apparel amongst the Todas.