A Bagheli Thakur bride wearing her gold and silver wedding jewellery. Since men control most land and agricultural income, a woman's ornaments are often her most valuable possessions.Nimkhera, Raisen District, Madhya PradeshPhotograph:  Doranne Jacobson
A Bagheli Thakur bride wearing her gold and silver wedding jewellery. Since men control most land and agricultural income, a woman's ornaments are often her most valuable possessions.
Nimkhera, Raisen District, Madhya Pradesh
Photograph: Doranne Jacobson

Romantic Connotations of the Foot

Anklets

After bathing, a maid applied lac dye to [the bride's] attractive feet and saffron to her thighs, decorative designs were painted on her breast, sandal paste to her face and collyrium to her eyes. Her anklets enhanced the beauty of her wonderful attire.
- From the Samaraiccakaha by Haribhadra, 8th century
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