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Mar 26, 2016

Five Sankharis (Shell-Cutters and Bracelet Makers) - Eastern Bengal 1860's

Five Sankharis (Shell-Cutters and Bracelet Makers) - Eastern Bengal 1860's

Sankharis were generally followers of the Hindu gods Vishnu or Krishna and usually vegetarian. The shells used for manufacturing bracelets for Hindu women were imported from the Gulf of Manaar.
This is a trade which is recorded in written records at least as far back as the tenth century.

Source: British Library (bl.uk)