(Last Updated on : 23-10-2009)
The Lambani is an Indian tribe generally found living in the states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and northern Karnataka. The language spoken by the Lambanis resemble to be originated from Rajasthan
The Lambanis lead a gypsy life. In the earlier ages they lived in forests but migrate from place to place. When there were few or no roads they carried grain and salt on oxen, as also bamboos and firewood on their own heads. The Lambani people were formerly considered as suppliers of grain to armies.
The Lambani women are peculiarly clad and decorated. The hand and finger rings, bangles and bracelets worn by them, are made of bone. The women also have rows of flowers and balls suspended from their hair. Their dirty dress is chiefly composed of thick aprons, interwoven with black and red coarse cotton thread, and rude needle work, suspended from the waist downwards, and also a bodice made of the same material. The Lambani men wear tight breeches coming a little below the knees, and cover their heads with coarse turbans.
The women of the Lambani tribe stitch bright rainbow-coloured fabrics covered with a mosaic of patchwork mirrors. They are great travellers and can be found in groups selling their cloth at markets and on beaches. Their work contributes considerably to the income of their families.
The Lambanies are said to represent bee hives, as they were once known as a bee-keeping caste when they lived in the southern jungles.
The Lambani people worship Shakti, manifestation of Goddess Durga
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