Godna Tribal Tattoo Latin Typeface
Region: Surguja district, Chattisgarh
Godna means tattoo. The artform of applying tattoos is ancient. It is practiced by women, called Godharin (those who apply tattoos) who belong to the Gond tribe of Chattisgarh in Central India. Godna has many motifs, each having a specific significance — some are curative in nature, while others are applied according to rites of passage in a woman's life — such as puberty, marriage and childbirth. The tattoos are highly valued for their powers of healing and their ritualistic significance.
In modern times, however, fewer people are getting tattoos done, as they migrate to cities for jobs where tattoos are frowned upon. Tattoo artists are struggling to survive in this fast-changing world. This project is then meant as a way for craftspeople and tribal artists to think in new ways — in a world where they are no longer able to sustain themselves solely through traditional networks and systems. We engaged with three tribal women artists, Ram Keli, Sumitra and Sunita to help make the typeface. Funds from the sale of the typeface will go back to help these and other craft and tribal communities.
Craftspersons/Artists: Ram Keli Pavle, Sunita Pavle, Sumitra Pavle
Type Developer: Andreu Balius
Designers: Andreu Balius, Ishan Khosla, Karan Vohra
Craft-cordinator: Karan Vohra, Ishan Khosla
$35.00 Regular Price