Supranav Dash: Marginal Trades

Traditional lines of work among India's tradespeople

“Since the early 1800s, people were not allowed to deviate from their fixed professions or they would be outlawed by society; at the time, social morals reflected ignorance and strong attachment to orthodox beliefs. The tradition of professions and trades being passed down the line from father to son continued for generations until recently when globalization and rapid socioeconomic change resulted in the problem of enculturation and automation. At that point, many of the age-old practices faded out, while others are currently on their way to extinction.” – Supranav Dash