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 Meherunnisa
16 x 21", acrylic on silk

"Some of the most beautiful women in Malabar are from the aristocratic families of the Kheyyi Moslems of Tellicherry. Known as the Mappilas they are considered to be the descendants of Arab merchants and native Malabaris. Ummas (Mapilla women) wore the Poonkuppayam and thattam, the long-sleeved blouse and the scarf covering the hair. It was also customary to wear heavy jewelry including alukathu (large filigree earrings)."

 

 

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