The ongoing Goa Heritage Festival saw women from different walks of life dressed in the traditional Kunbi saree.
Goa's history reveals that this saree was worn exclusively by the Kunbi tribal women of Goa, and was uniquely designed to enable them to work easily in the local fields, and was also comfortable enough to do household chores.
Indian social worker, designer, writer and craft activist, Laila Tyabji, who spoke on the kunbi saree at the festival said, “Crafts, art, folk performances and sculptures need to be recognised as luxury items and is a potential goldmine."
"I am thrilled that the Goa Heritage Festival has taken this initiative to let the world know the importance of them through different sets and stories,” said Laila.
She further said that she has written extensively about sarees that have made an impact throughout history. "It continues to be my personal favourite, and having the opportunity to speak to a packed-space audience in depth about it, is something I am eternally grateful for," added Laila.
Spread over five days, the Goa Heritage Festival continues to celebrate the state’s rich art and culture with a series of heritage walks, talks, music, dance, literature, poetry, food, beverages and entertainment.
Member of GHAG, Heta Pandit, said, “It's heartening to see the number of people who came forward to assist, and volunteered to put our ideas and thoughts into action. The residents of Campal have been wonderful! It just shows how committed we all are when it comes to keeping Goan heritage alive and we are truly grateful for the same."
The festival features a variety of local businesses and eateries, and even a pet adoption zone, which have put up stalls in the garden in the heritage area.
Artwork by 43 local artists is being displayed in the homes of residents in the heritage area.