I was captivated by their powerful, upright, almost fierce emittance. Portraits of Lamani tribes women, gypsy’s of the lowest cast in India. With the help of a grant by the German Cultural Fund I spend six weeks photographing in five villages.
What intrigued me was the traditional style of clothing and hair dressing. Elaborate layers of hand-made dresses and scarf’s, tattoo’s on arms and hands, sometimes in the face, as pain-staken hair-do’s and massive silver jewellery on ankles and wrists. A fading tradition as the young generation prefers the easy to wear and cheep saris which as well hide their low social status.
The women in nthis tribe are the ones who fight for the survival of the family. They take care of the finances, raise the children, cook, do the laundry, clean the houses, besides working in the fields as farm hands or in road construction. Girls are getting married at the age of twelve to fourteen and become mothers. Education is poor over 80% are illiterate.
located them in the southern states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu where they predominantly live in small secluded villages like Ginna Pur, or Chandri Giri in the District of Humpi Humpi. Scrubby villages were they live in clusters of mud huts with palm leaves, sometimes basic brick houses which are funded by the Indian government. As there is not much work available poverty is at it’s worst.
But despite their poverty and despair, one meets them as demanding and strong, upright and authentic, straight forward and powerful.
Despite their poverty and despair, one meets them as demanding and strong, upright and authentic, straight forward and powerful.
Editions LAMANI TRIBE Edition 1: 120 x 100 cm | 47,24 x 39,37´´ Edition 2: 80 x 60 cm | 31,49 x 23,62´´