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In India, Camels Get Designer ‘Tattoos’
By Anthea Quay, 21 May 2012
Every year, Bikaner, the largest city of the largest state in India, Rajasthan—that’s mostly made up of desert—hosts a Camel festival.
As part of the annual festival, camel contests are held—where camels are decked out elaborate draping, buckles, saddles and ‘tattoos’.
The camels get pampered and groomed—their coats shaved, trimmed, dyed and styled to feature beautiful designer ‘tattoos’.
According to Japan-based Flickr user osaprio, Osakabe Yasuo, an engraved tattoo for each camel takes about three years to create.
“First two years, there is just growing [of] the hair and [the start of] trimming,” he writes.
The natives don’t use iron engraving, rather they just cut and dye the desert animal’s hair for three years—until they achieve their desired outcome of the ‘tattoo’ to parade the animal for the contest.
[via Osakabe Yasuo]
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