The women of the Meghwal tribe, Kutch Meghwal married woman wear an elaborate gold nose ring called "Velado". It is a sign of marriage and worn only on special occasions. Beadwork by theMeghwals includes neck chokers and bracelets, sometimes with the initials of the artisan stitched into the pattern. Bead items required during marriage celebrations like 'Akhiyan', the face cover for brides, 'Indoni', and 'Mangal Sutra' are prepared by using plastic beads.
The people of this tribe are famous for their exotic and colourful costumes and jewellery. Both hindu as well as muslim, they are found in an area extending from the deserts of Rajasthan, into Gujarat and across the border into Pakistan. Their numbers are probably less than a million. Depending upon the districts where they reside in, they may speak Marwari, Dogri, Punjabi or Urdu.
Megh means rain in Hindustani and therefore the Meghwal consider themselves to be descendants and followers of the Saints who borught down rain into these more arid parts of India.
In terms of ethnicity, it is speculated that they were early migrants into India from perhaps Assyria. However, over the centuries further migrations and marriages certainly led to a blending with more indigenous tribes and groups, including those from Kashmir. Shia Islamic beliefs were also imbibed and certain Islamic beliefs and practices are still found in the day to day lives of the current Meghwal who are in most practical purposes followers of Hindu practices.