Translated from the Sanskrit language “Artha" means meaning, sense, goal, purpose or essence and these 5 aspects are what we seek to convey through our products and philosophy. Directly reflecting the meaning of the name, our company was created with a goal and purpose: to create unique and authentic home and personal accent pieces while supporting the livelihoods and the craft of artisans in various regions around the globe.
Lamdadi Embroidery was the first type of craft we, at ARTHA started to work with. We could even say that this tribal embroidery is what inspired us to create ARTHA, a business that focuses on bringing hand-made pieces and their accompanying stories to you, our customer. The age-old heritage of embroidery is incredible and knowing that artisans have been practicing it for generations means that the designs we create today are reflections of a craft which evolved over centuries.
We did some research into the history of embroidery and over the last years spent time listening to the artisans tell their stories. Today, we wanted to share some facts with you about this craft that in India goes back to over 4000 years ago:
- Embroidery appeared on textiles in India starting way, way back, as far back as 4000 years ago.
- Textile fragments, bronze needles and stone dye vats found in the Indus Valley close to present day Rajasthan and Gujarat are evidence of this.
- Relief stone figures in ancient temple carvings depict how clothing embellished with embroidery was worn.
- Throughout history sultans and wealthy merchants were patrons of the arts and a wide variety of embroidered designs were used to decorate their clothing.
- Much later, in the late 17th Century, when the Mughal armies expanded their territories to the South they were accompanied by craftsmen who later settled in the area now know as Gujarat. The nomadic tribe known as the Lambadi continued to migrate and settled in different parts of Southern India, including Sittlingi where the artisans we work with live.
In recent centuries, the embroidery tradition was further adapted to daily life and the Lambadis use the craft to decorate their clothing, bridal trousseaus and home décor. These adaptations are what serve as our inspiration for the pieces we create for you.