Colourful tribal-trader families who ply their wares along the beaches and flea markets of Goa are loosely referred to as “gypsies” by the large expat community of western travelers who have gathered here over the years since the initial hippy heyday of the 1960s.
The Banjara nomadic peoples or so-called “Gypsies of India” have spread over the centuries from their origins in northwestern India (Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh) to other states in India. The women traders stand out with their striking costumes and embroidery decorated with coins and mirror chips, thick bangles, bone bracelets, heavy silver jewelry, gold nose rings and tattooed hands.
This young trader travels from place to place in eastern India with her family and subcommunity of tribal vendors. She is likely from one of the Lambani tribal settlements further to the south in the adjoining state of Gujarat, although it is also likely that several families have settled in the Anjuna-Calangute-Mapusa region of Goa on a semi-permanent basis due to the resurgent tourist trade.
Slide scan, shot with an Asahi Pentax SP Spotmatic on a late December afternoon before sundown at Baga Beach, Goa, India.
Getty Images © 1983 David Schweitzer (model release pending).