Disappearing Indigenous Knowledges - Research Paper
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    Research Paper on the Ship and Boat Building at Mandvi Kutch. Abstract: Mandvi’s Boat-making and Sea-faring traditions have undergone major ch… Read More
    Research Paper on the Ship and Boat Building at Mandvi Kutch. Abstract: Mandvi’s Boat-making and Sea-faring traditions have undergone major changes since India’s independence, when Kutch became a part of the Bombay Province within the Indian Union. What was once an almost self-contained / self-sustained crafts economy is today a multi-crore inter-national business. But look more closely and you will notice that these boats, made in Mandvi today are in no way a derivation of the traditional Mandvi boats, neither is the staff who build these boats from Mandvi. These boats are of the lowest esteem on the international market; made in Mandvi simply because it is cheap and fast here. But even that observation is not as disturbing as the fact that the few Mandvian operators still in the business of transporting goods between India and the African & Middle Eastern Countries have very a very small minority of sailors from Mandvi on board their fleet. Today, the staffs on these vehicles have certificates in sailing from maritime schools; some of them can barely swim. Somehow, somewhere, six centuries worth sailing techniques have just disappeared. But should we get so alarmed? Isn’t this just Cultural Evolution? Or perhaps we should see this as Post Colonial Loss? Read Less
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vahan detail - bodywork in progress
vahan detail (2) - another perspective
Shivji Bhuda infront of his Sailor's Training Centre
Shivji showing us around his models workshop
Mandvi Main Road-side: Part of the Living
Part of the Living (2)
2 vahans in various stages of manufacture
vahan early in the process of manufacture
modern Kutchi vahan - Shivji's workshop (Shivji in reflection)
Shivji's son showing us his current model project - Kutchi vahan
Shivji demonstrating with a modern Kutchi vahan model its differences from a Dungi of old
Shivji's workshop wall - felicitations and honorary mentions
Kutch