Eye to Eye with Indian Gypsy

Category: Travel Portraits


Photo and caption by ANNA KALATA

Many believe that Indian Gypsies are descendants of Rajputs, now widespread throughout subcontinent. Their lifestyle keeps them separate from surrounding communities. They usually have more than one occupation: some specialize in making broomsticks, iron tools, others are acrobats, musicians, fortune-tellers, tricksters and magicians. Women are known to wear colorful and beautiful costumes. Their ornaments are made up of silver, mirror chips, coins, chain. Lady from the photo approached me on small village street in State of Karnataka.

Location: Karnataka, India


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