This sketch shows a woman carrying a bucket of water on her head just outside her village near Khopoli in Maharashtra. Tribal women usually dress comfortably, with saris doubling up as knee-length skirts. The waist is usually bare. This makes it easier for the women to do physical work. Often, they work harder than the men.
The tribal woman in this sketch is a coolie, waiting for customers. She is wearing the typical Maharashtrian nine-yard saree, but the pallav is tied to he waist so it is out of the way. She has a cloth around her neck, which she uses to cushion the weight of the luggage. The original photograph was taken in Matheran, Maharashtra.
This sketch shows two village woman carrying several pots of water on their heads. The women can balance out several pots on their heads and walk long distances. The woman at the back is older and wearing the nine-yard sari and the younger woman is wearing the six-yard one. Six yard saris are less revealing although they are also cumbersome if one has to do physical work. The picture was taken on a highway in rural Maharashtra.
The images below are silhouettes of the same pictures.
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