Portrait of a paniya woman with ear plug made of manjadikkuru (circassian seed)

Paniya Woman | Wayanad, Kerala, India

A Paniya woman with ear plug made of manjadikkuru (Circassian seed).

A majority of the adivasis (tribal communities) that reside in Wayanad District of Kerala belong to the Paniya tribe. The word ‘Paniyan’ means ‘worker’. The women of Paniya tribe are characterized by their large ear plugs and broad noses.

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