1225 - Vintage Bonda Tribal Bead Necklace - Odisha

The women of the protected 'Bonda' tribe from Odisha wear beads as their main form of clothing

The dozens of strings of beads hung around the neck and shoulders cover the front of the body from the neck to the thighs like a blanket.

A search on Pinterest will show stunning portraits of the tribe.

The beads are handmade - probably glass.  

Estimated to be from the 1950s

*Last three pictures are from a government publication.