Rabari Markings

The hand of an old Rabari woman at Rani Ka Hajira in the Old City. Groups of the tribal Rabari are often found in the bazaar there and the women are easily spotted in their black & purple winter clothing. None of the other women would let me photograph them but this woman was fine about me photographing her hand. She had the tattoos done as an adolescent (she looked in her 70s or 80s now) The double string-looking thing above her hand is actually an metal ear-cleaner. Many tribals wear these around their necks.

 

 

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Taken on February 1, 2007