The skills associated with crafting of the local boat has evolved with time-tested community practices. Step by step processes and particularities involved in making the boat types like Ap (canoe of the Chowra island, Andamans), Odam (sewn boats of Lakshadweep), Pattia (boats from the Sunderbans) and many other such boat building traditions from around the country have been included in this collection.
Documentation of Indian navigation and navigation instruments of the traditional seafaring communities has given us access to community held maritime technical skills and pre-industrial and pre-scientific knowledge of the oceans. This collection includes locally sourced information on nautical instrumentation, stone anchors, system of notation of time, star mapping and indigeneous calendrical systems.
Practices and indigeneous knowledge of sea-going communities have been showcased through Dr. Varadarajan's field visits and photo documentation of communities from Gujarat, Kerala, Lakshadweep, Andaman and Nicobar islands, West Bengal and Orissa. In documenting the life and times of settlements the collection offers invaluable insight into seafaring livelihoods.
ARCHIVES OF INDIAN MARITIME COMMUNITY TRADITIONS