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.