November 17, 2016

Mandavi Boatyard, Gujarat, India

Waiting for the makeover...

Mandavi, small town , on west coast of India, boasts of 400 year old ship building industry. These wooden boats, known as Kotia , are completely built by hand. Craftsmen who make these boats have such mastery over their craft , that, they don't need to make any designs on papers, as a preparation for making them. Wood, mostly sourced from across Gujarat , is used for this giant boats. Hammer,saw and nails are the only things these master craftsmen need to build up these beauties. As I took round of this boat building yard, I was transported to the world, which must have existed hundreds of years ago, and when human intelligence and ingenuity were only things people depended upon to get things done. 

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