Many of the women of the Mir community live in the north-western state of Gujarat, a dry, barren province bordering Pakistan. Like many other nomads in India, they are now settled. This mainly Muslim group wear self-embroidered jewellery and intricate, hand-made clothing and line their eyes with charcoal.
The impressive nose rings worn by Meghwal Marwada women are usually made of gold
Women from the Meghwal Marwada Harijan group are also known for the velado, the large golden wedding ring which they wear hanging from their nose. The Malik Jat call themselves the Gathwal and live in the north-western Punjab region. There are differences in religious beliefs across the Jat community. Religion flows fluidly within this cultural group: to the east, they are primarily Sikh, while in the west they are more likely to be Muslim.