This product is a result of the ME to WE project, an initiative by A Hundred Hands, an NGO that encourages craftspeople across crafts, media and geographies to collaborate on design and innovation. The popular chess game is thus a fusion of two crafts, the lightweight, wooden pawns handcrafted by our artisans from channapatna and the beautiful mats, custom-embroidered by Porgai, a producer group of Lambadi women from Sitlingi, Tamil Nadu. This games comes with a lovely custom-made handblock-printed potli (a cloth bag), the embrodiered mat and 32 wooden pawns.
The curvy path of black and white steps is the road taken by the lambadi women of Sitlingi as they do the daily trek via the maize fields and home in their bus to their training centre down the hill. The ladders are represented by the palm trees. This games utlises some of the most intricate stitches from the traditional vocabulary of the lambadi women.
Pawns : Dia ~ 2.5cm, Height ~3.5 cm to 5.5cm. Mat - 12" x 12"
All lacware products must be kept in shaded areas and must avoid direct exposure to sun. Avoid blows against hard surfaces. Please do not wash them with water. Wood can react variedly to atmospheric changes which is beyond our control. Please dryclean the mat or wash the same lightly in cold water.