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Rabari are devout Hindus. According to their myths, they were created by Parvati, the consort of Shiva. As Shiva was meditating, Parvati wiped the dust and sweat from his body and modelled the very first camel from the dust balls she collected. Once Shiva had breathed life into the camel, it kept running away.

Rabari Nobleman, Rathanambore National Park, Aman Bagh, Rajashan, India - From the book 'Before They Pass Away' - Art-print # XVI

The women are shrewd and intelligent and manage the hamlets and all money matters. Going to the local village or town markets is an important part of daily life. There, the Rabari women trade milk and milk products from their livestock. Wool and leather are sold in order to purchase commodities they do not produce themselves. Rabari women dedicate long hours to sewing, traditional embroidery and bead work.

yagazieemezi: “ “For almost years, the Rabari have roamed the deserts and plains of what is today western India. It is believed that this tribe, with a peculiar Persian physiognomy, migrated.

India | Portrait of a woman from the Rabari tribe wearing traditional clothing and jewellery in the village of Chhadvara, located roughly 100km from Bhuj in the Kutch District  | © Kimberley Coole

Chhadvara, Gujarat, India - March 2012 She is from the village of Chhadvara, located roughly from Bhuj in the Kutch District

The Rabari women dedicate long hours to embroidery, a vital and evolving expression of their crafted textile tradition.

For almost years, the Rabari have roamed the deserts and plains of what is today western India. It is believed that this indigenous group, with a peculiar Persian physiognomy, migrated from the Iranian plateau more than a millennium ago

India | Rabari teenage girl getting her traditional neck tattoos.  The Rabari are divided into three groups; Kaachi, Desharya and Vhagdiya.  The three groups tattoos are particularly evident on the neck and forearms, and these tattoos help to differentiate the communities | ©Daniel Pissondes

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Rabari shepherds with flock of sheep. (Shepherds from the Rabari tribe leading their flock of sheep along a road in Kutch, Gujarat, India)

Rabari shepherds with flock of sheep. (Shepherds from the Rabari tribe leading their flock of sheep along a road in Kutch, Gujarat, India)

A vintage Rabari blouse with the typical mirrors and hand-embroidery that this Indian tribe is famous for. The symbol is the nourishing mother, celebrated -sometimes venerated- for bearing children.

From Ethnic Tree: "A vintage Rabari blouse with the typical mirrors and hand-embroidery that this Indian tribe is famous for. The symbol is the nourishing mother, celebrated -sometimes venerated- for bearing children.

Sara Levinson - Kutch Rabari tribe on the road to Bhuj.

Tribes of Gujarat, India