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India's Lost Professions -IDurable Link to this BLOG
Kalaigars or vessel-shiners were once a common sight on the streets of India. They made a living by establishing kilns by roadsides and applying a fresh shiny coat of metal over old and stained vessels.

After the arrival of stainless steel, and aluminum, the cooking vessels made out of lead and tin fell out of favor, due to their weight, and high maintenance.

The Kalaigar community, who used to inherit their profession, lost their means of livelihood and had to take to other menial jobs.

Here are two photographs to remember a lost profession of India.

© K. L. Kamat
Roadside Kalaigar (Dish Polisher)

Corel Professional Photo
Blacksmiths working, Jaipur

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• Real Jobs - Photographic Exhibition of Hard Labor

First Created: Friday, September 15, 2006
Last Updated: 6/6/2009 7:37:27 PM

 

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