Ethnic caste groups of India in 1837


‘I am a Khatri. This is what we do.
starts the discussion about What is a community? and eventually about India’s caste system. While researching on the topic, we found a book of illustrations at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the Yale University.

The description at the library says;
This illustrated manuscript made in southern India in 1837 consists of 72 full-color hand-painted images of men and women of the various castes and religious and ethnic groups found in Madura, India at that time. Each drawing was made on mica, a transparent, flaky mineral which splits into thin, transparent sheets. As indicated on the presentation page, the album was compiled by the Indian writing master at an English school established by American missionaries in Madura, and given to the Reverend William Twining.

Here is a collection of illustrations of craftsmen in those times;

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