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Bishnoi grandmother

This Bishnoi woman makes roti bread dough using millet (bajra) flour.


Bishnoi are generally non-materialistic but married women in Rajasthan typically adorn themselves with bright colours & jewellery - their marriage dowry.


Whereas silver is worn by some other Rajasthani tribes, gold also is favoured by Bishnois.


This Bishnoi woman wears traditional attire and jewellery - ear and nose rings (the half-moon nose ring is common & is tied back to one ear). Sometimes also, a forehead pendant.


Bracelets on the wrist and upper arm and multiple necklace pieces, are typical in Rajasthan. Also rings, ankle bracelets and toe-rings.


Note the traditional Bishnoi print design on the skirt (lehenga, ghagra) and heavy embroidery all over the printed black bodice garment (kanchli, choli) and sleeves. Also the deep neckline.


A second upper garment is worn over the shoulders and under the chest, covering the mid-riff.


A long head scarf (odhna, dupatta) is typical in Rajasthan.


Bishnois have traditionally not worn blue colour, extracted from (and destroying) indigo plants.


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Taken on October 23, 2014