advent of plastic combs, a familiar voice in the
streets of villages and town has disappeared which
shouted for selling ‘Kangashiyu’.
Kangashi was comb, which most people used. A lady with
different kind of combs in a basket on her head
dressed in dark cloth, a large sized embroidered
kapadi and petticoat decorated with small round
mirrors would look like a Marwadi lady. The male used
to put on a string of stones in the neck, free-style
dhoti, shirts, old coat and a turban. They keep
whiskers. Their speech would not miss the Marwadi
Kangashiya were more or less nomadic people. They
would put up in the outskirts of a village erecting a
prepared kangashi or a comb from black wood. One man
could make about 50 combs in a day. They were expert
in that skill.
Kangashiya are known for their skill of acrobatics
like Nat-Bajaniya. They can jump in the air thrice or
four times without touching the land. A kangashiya can
lift the cot with its one foot on his tooth. They used
to entertain the village masses with many such skills.
Kangashiya have developed the art of embroidery,
woodcarving and carpentry.