Fishing in India is a community based profession, and the fishemen communities in Tamil Nadu comprise Mukkuvar, Paravar, Chetti, and Pattinavar among others. The three native fishermen in the photograph are seen here on the Madras(now Chennai) shoreline donning the local attire. Their traditional boat, known as the kattumaram was the first two hull boat encountered by the British. The term ‘catamaran’ is derived from here.
TitleMadras; Native Fishermen
Album TitleSouvenirs de Voyage – Madras
PhotographerJohn P. Nicholas and others
MediumAlbumen print (on card mount)
Dimensions22.7 cm x 28.5 cm