8. Banjara Nomadic Women, Gujarat.

Banjaras are an ancient nomadic people from the Indian states of Rajasthan, North-West Gujarat, and Western Madhya Pradesh Haryana, and Punjab regions in India. Also known as Lambanis or Lambadis, recent genetic sequencing has shown that these groups migrated from Asia to Europe in about 512 CE and became the Romani or Romany.

Women are known for their colourful and beautiful costumes and have tattoos on their arms and hands.   Women wear thick bangles on their arms   previously made of ivory or bone, nowadays more often of plastic. Heavy braided silver jewellery is also favoured.

Women’s dress varies according to marital status, as does their ornamentation. The extremely elaborate nature of the embroidered textiles worn by the women comprises pieces of mirror, decorative beads, coins and sea-shells stitched on a mainly red material

Banjara arts include dance and music, textile embroidery, tattooing and fortune telling.

I encountered a group of Bhanjaras sheltering with their camel herd by the roadside near Ahmedabad, capital city of Gujarat. Their eye-catching apparel and sun weathered skin attracted me. I sought and received permission to photograph the whole group, of which I painted these two women.   Banjara women are particularly shy and reluctant to be photographed individually.


Original: Oil on canvas, 12 x 16″  (305 x 410mm) ; framed

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