Click to view slideshow.\n\nRabari people are gypsies having their deep ancestry origins in Mount Kailash. They migrated to the Kutch via Afghanistan & Kashmir.\nJust a video taken as I walk about a village of the Rabari tribe in Kutch, India.\n\nThey spend most of the year with their flocks taking them grazing from one region to another. During the monsoons they come back to their settlements \u2013 a village such as this one \u2013 to arrange marriages and to store some assets gathered over the months.\nThe women all wear black Ludhis \u2013 and embroidery is a major part of their lives. The reason for the black is historical : Legend has it that centuries ago one of important Rabari women made a King her brother by tying him a Rakhi. When he died the tribe went into mourning or \u2018Sutak\u2019 and black is the color of mourning.\u00a0 For any Sutak to be anulled, certain rituals needed to be performed \u2013 and in this case it is said that the ritual that was required to be performed was an extremely stringent and impossible one. That a feast needed to be arranged that required the use of 40 mann (1 mann = 40 kg) of salt to be consumed in the cooking!!\u00a0 And so the Sutak remains in force even today.\nThere are many sub tribes within the larger group called Rabari \u2013 but they are easy to identify by their costumes and their jewellery which are fortunately being passed on to the younger generation as well.\nMore articles on the Kutch listed here.\njm\nAug 2012\nThe post A walk through a Rabari tribal Village appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.