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Hodka Village is located in the district of Kachchh (Kutch) in the state of Gujarat in India. It lies at the distance of 63 km from Bhuj. The name Hodka is derived from the Gujarati word 'hodi' which means boat. Hodka village is believed to have been set up by the 'Halepotra' clan from Sindh who were cattle herders in search of pastures. This was around 300 years ago! The Meghwals, who came originally from Marwar in Rajasthan to Sindh in Pakistan in the 17th century, have also settled in Hodka over time.

The amount of jewellery worn by the women & girls of Kachchh amazed us! Meghwal women are known for their colorful and exuberantly detailed costumes and jewellery. Married women wear an elaborate gold nose ring called 'Velado.' It is a sign of marriage and worn only on special occasions. They also wear white bangles from their elbow right covering their upper arm.

Even in a normal day, the ladies of the house wear these elaborate 'jewellery' and dress in fine bright saris, even while performing daily chores..."Decked Up"

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Additional Photos by Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7754 W: 324 N: 15606] (55035)
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