The Decorative Inspiration of Kalbelia Dancers
Inspired by the ornamentation and fabrics worn by Kalbelia dancers, colorful handmade hanging fabric animals are popular decorative accents in India These festive decorations found throughout the country are crafted into many different types of animals, like camels, snakes and elephants.
The Kalbelia people were once a nomadic tribe that eventually settled in Rajasthan. Their main income source was catching snakes and trading venom, a defining attribute to their people. The Kalbelia are a celebratory tribe that revels in happy occasions with their unique form of dance resembling that of serpents with sensuous winding undulations.