“I have been wearing this Shinshoria since I was 5-years-old, but the younger generation feels awkward to wear it” said Pobabhai while flaunting his 6g traditional ear ornament. Pobabhai belongs to the Rabari community, from Chingariya village, Porbandar District in Gujarat. Shinshoria is traditionally worn by the Ahir, Maher, Rabari and Koli communities in Gujarat. 

Made out of gold, the Shinshoria weighs between 6 and 13 each. The ornament is capped from behind with a 'Fulladi', which keeps it safe and hanging on the ear. But traditional ornaments and dresses will be soon extinct, says Popabhai. 'The young want more comfort. But,' he mocks, 'how can anybody prefer jeans? I feel like flying in my pyjamas!' 

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Gurpreet Singh works at the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme on projects related to sustainable agriculture and conservation of natural resources, in Mangrol town of Junagadh district.

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