Bikanir brought quite a new departure in the shape of fifty camel-riders in chain armour, with lemon-yellow saddle-cloths trimmed with apple-green. Both Jodhpur and Bikanir were more or less sad in tone, save for a few touches of colour ; and the two groups seemed curiously suggestive of the reddish sandstone of their native country. . . .This reddish sandstone or old Pagwa colour is the colour of the Fakirs, and was matched from the tone of the earth for military reasons, much as we use khaki now. [87]


Menpes, Mortimer. The Durbar. Text by Dorothy Menpes. London: Adam & Charles Black, 1903. Internet Archive version of a copy in the University of California at Los Angeles Library. Web. 27 May 2017.

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