Malukwan village: interior of a house.
The dresses of Koli women are a storm of colours.
The Koli tribes are located in southeastern Pakistan. They are primarily concentrated in the fertile flood plain of Sindh State and in the lower Thar Desert, just east of the Indus River. There are several major subdivisions of Koli in that area, including the Parkari Koachchhi, the Wadiyara Koli, the Kutchi Kohli (or Lohar), and the Tharadari Koli.
As Hindus, the Koli of Pakistan are a minority. Most of the other Hindus fled to India in 1947 at the partition of India and Pakistan. The Koli tribes all speak their own Indo-Aryan languages. Only the Kutchi Koli, who speak Kachi Koli, are considered a subgroup of the Gujarati.
Agriculture is the basis of the Koli economy. As sharecroppers, they raise cotton, wheat, rice, sugarcane, corn, and oil seeds. The biggest problem for the farmers is the control of the water supply. Some of the tribes live near the eastern tributaries of the Indus River, which serve as an irrigation system for their crops. However, most of the farmers are dependent on canal irrigation from the Indus.
The Koli tribes living in the eastern portion of the Thar Desert (also known as the Great Indian Desert) raise livestock in the steppe areas. This region consists mainly of sand dunes with patches of clay. Camels are their main mode of transportation. Because these tribes live in drab surroundings, they often exhibit a vivid array of colors in their paintings and other artistic designs.
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loves_summer (1310) 2008-12-28 13:28
Great portrait! I like that you have focused on the child, but the background is still discernible. Good sharpness, colours, framing and striking faces.
Thanks for sharing!
yquem46 (38382) 2008-12-28 13:48
Beautiful picture and very realistic
India is not always (far from it!) a "rose garden" and this picture immediately conveys the sensation of the difficulty of life, even though together with the obvious and almost permanent kindness of people, especially the poor ones
Thanks for showing us very simply this duality
happy 2009 Luca
amazon (12112) 2008-12-28 13:54
ohh what a nice dramatic atmosphere and looks,
i like low pow,
congratulation and happy new year,
maximage (15535) 2008-12-28 14:04
Trés beau portrait. Le regard de cette petite fille est d'une intensité incroyable!
Excellent travail photographique, j'aime beaucoup.
Amitiés et bonne nouvelle année 2009.
aristo (3214) 2008-12-28 14:26
Beautiful portret with nice colours and good sharpness
I like the innocent face of the child
Very good POV
best wishes in 2009!
tcgt1979 (156) 2008-12-28 14:30
Amazing. This photo is one of those that will most likely get a lot of praise. I wish the image would have been slightly lighter so that the colors would have stood out more. But nevertheless, this is really a beautiful photograph!
jjcordier (73794) 2008-12-28 22:53
Quel beau portrait-document! L'intensité du regard de cette petit fille est incroyable et l'idée de "flouter" le visage de la mère qui la surveille discrètement est très bien vue.
Amicalement et bonne fin d'année
BennyV (13546) 2008-12-28 23:37
Another great one, Luca. Excellent dof to focus on the child, but keeping the strong eye of the mother very present in the overall composition. Lovely work, excellent colours too!
everlasting (14361) 2008-12-29 0:04
Although I think I would have preferred a wider DOF here Luca, the double portrait works very nicely. The shy poise of the young girl as opposed to the confident glance the mother gives.
flory (4848) 2008-12-29 2:38
like our gymnast Nadia Comaneci receive in 1977 an whole line of ten..
me,give you now an whole line of ten for your wonderful portraits in this year!
the glance of daughter completely touch me..
Happy New Year!
Morac (27663) 2008-12-29 12:44
J'aime cette photo : c'est un très beau portrait
marietom (34607) 2008-12-30 1:06
magnifique portrait, avec de très beaux regards, et de très belles couleurs.
Angshu (54921) 2008-12-31 0:41
This seems to be the same girl who was your subject in your brilliant picture "Beyond her eyes". Another excellent double portrait here, though I might agree with Elaine about a narrower DOF. But you are the best judge, being such a fine photographer.
Wishing you & your close ones a happy, prosperous & peaceful 2009
- Copyright: Luca Belis (Mistral) (15402)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-11-22
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D300, AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/125 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): TE Family Of Men [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-12-28 13:16