Songs of Experience

” She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms”

(She girds herself with strength, and strengthens her arms)

proverb 31:17

A Rajasthani village woman  wearing upper armlets.

These are some portraits of tribal women of Rajasthan, who would have had varied experiences which made them bold and strong. Adorned themselves with lot of jewellery, (some of them were wearing silver,gold and some artificial) these women were walking around with so much confidence and self assurance, an air of resilience too. They happily posed for the photographs. The upper armlets, which may look a bit unwieldy to an outsider, are a mark of married women, it seems. Earlier they used to wear armlets made of ivory, replaced by present times plastic ones. Traditionally the ideal number of armlets were 52 on both arms.

“Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come” Proverb 31:25


“She looketh well to the ways of her household and eateth not the bread of idleness.” Proverb 31:27


6 thoughts on “Songs of Experience

  1. What gorgeous portraits of such striking women. I either haven’t seen or never noticed the bracelets worn by these women. I especially enjoyed the woman in green, with the matching bracelets. Very fashionable! The woman at the spinning wheel’s also pleasing. I like the glimpse of everyday life.


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