Chinese Fishing nets (Cheena vala) of Cochin

Chinese Fishing nets (Cheena vala) of Cochin, Fort Kochi

The Chinese fishing nets (Cheena vala) is a common sight along the coast of Cochin, typically Fort Kochi. These were introduced by the Chinese explorer Zheng He.

The Chinese fishing nets have become a very popular tourist attraction, their size and elegant construction is photogenic and the slow rhythm of their operation is quite hypnotic.

These nets operate by being suspended for a few minutes before it is raised by pulling on the ropes. The catch is usually modest; a few fish and crustaceans which are sold to passersby within minutes. In addition, catches can be purchased individually and need be taken only a short distance to a street entrepreneur who will cook it.

This sketch was done on Dec.04, 2011 and done in 22 minutes.

Chinese Fishing nets (Cheena vala) of Cochin
Chinese Fishing nets (Cheena vala) of Cochin
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