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The Meghwal people live primarily in northwest India, with a small population in Pakistan. They were considered to be an untouchable community under the Hindu ritual ranking system known as Varna and are now classified as a Scheduled Caste under India's system of positive discrimination. Their traditional occupation was weaving. They claim to have descended from Rishi Megh, a saint who had the power to bring rain from the clouds through his prayer. The word Meghwar is derived from the Sanskrit words megh, meaning clouds and rain, and war. The Meghwal are found in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan. Many of the people of this community still reside in small hamlets of round, mud-brick huts painted on the outside with colorful geometric designs and decorated with detailed mirror inlays.  In earlier days the main occupation of the Meghwal community was agricultural labour, weaving, specially Khadi and woodcarving, and these are still the main occupations. The women are famous for their embroidery work and are master wool and cotton weavers. Married women are often spotted wearing gold nose ring, earrings and neckpieces. They were given to the bride as a "bride wealth" dowry by her soon-to- be husband's mother.