Oneness

Chehek Bilgi
Posted September 22, 2020 from India

Oneness is a 2 minute film shot by me- Chehek Bilgi (Media and Communications) in Gujarat, India. It's about the tradition of Tattoos among women and girls in Rabari Community. The elderly women have been carrying the legacy of Tattoos and feel that tattoos are the Only thing which belongs to them. 

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Hello, Chehek,

Welcome to World Pulse! It's great to know that we have a filmmaker from India joining our growing sisterhood.

I enjoy watching your video. It took me to Gujarat, India in no time. It's interesting. I learn something new today. What inspired you to document this tattooed women?

Please share more. We would love to know more about you and your work!

Chehek Bilgi
Sep 23
Sep 23

Hi Karen, thank you and I am glad you liked my film. I am elaborating on the same topic and as soon as it's ready I will share with you.

Tattoos have always mesmerized me specially seeing tattoos on elderly women in Rural and tribal areas, their inspiration for the tattoos and the way they used to get it done. It's rare to find now as things are modernizing and how the traditional form, beliefs and systems of tattoos in this community is gradually fading.

I like to share my website which has all about me and my work. Looking forward. :)

https://www.chehekbilgi.com/

Yes, you captured it in your video where they said their tattoos are the only thing they can bring with them when they die. Thanks for educating us with that culture. Thanks for sharing your website!

Jill Langhus
Sep 23
Sep 23

Hello Chehek,

Welcome to World Pulse! What a great video. It's very raw and also informative, at the same time. I hope it helps to preserve this custom. The girls are too cute, too:-) What is "laddoo?" Looking forward to seeing more posts, and videos, from you.

On another note, you may be interested in joining VOWW. It's another network of women that has a lot of World Pulse members in it, and a lot of videographers, too, in case you would like to network:
http://voicesofwomenworldwide-vowwtv.ning.com/

Andrace
Sep 23
Sep 23

Hi Chehek,
A warm welcome to World Pulse and congratulations on your first post. Creative video you have here. Good job. We're definitely stronger together.

I'm curious. Could you kindly share the significance of these tatoos to the Rabari community, please? Well done!

'Look forward to reading more of your posts.

Love and hugs,
E. J.

Nini Mappo
Sep 24
Sep 24

Hello Chehek,
That was a heart-warming film. Thank you for the entertainment, and cultural education. It was interesting to see how much is poured into a tattoo, from a form of 'property ' to a channel of 'self-salvation'. I wonder how the younger people got away from the belief that they can become cats if they didn't get tattooed.
I loved the vibrancy of life in the village--beautifully done.