Banjara woman (India south)
The Banjara or Lambani are nomadic people from the Indian state of Rajasthan who are now spread out all over Indian subcontinent. They are the largest gypsy group in India. In the past they were nomadic and traded and transported salt, grains, firewood and cattle. Nowadays most of them have settled down. The women make intricately embroidered colourful clothes with pieces of mirror, decorative beads and old coins. They also wear ornate jewellery and some of them have tattoos. Banjaras speak Gor Boli, a language that originates from Sanskrit. Nowadays they also speak the predominant language of their surroundings. I photographed some Banjara women on different locations in the state of Karnataka in southern India.