A story of Gadiya Lohars, a group of traveling metal artisans from Rajasthan
The artisan's family has special relationship with their cart. The vehicle is reminiscent of the nomadic life and is an important part of their lives.
The cart remains an important part of the home, even in circumstances where artisans are shifting towards a settled life.
The cart also serves as a mobile home.
A metal artisan, in her colourful attire, poses in front of her cart.
A treasured possession, the cart is personalized by its owners through embellishments and decorations.
Even when blacksmiths start living a more settled life, the cart remains a important part of their home.
Some metal artisans sell milk to supplement incomes.
The cart often becomes a part of the interiors of the artisan's home. Here, the cart is shown in its own garage, hosting various elements of its owners' everyday lives.
Many artisans have transitioned to permanent dwellings, in place of a nomadic life.
When the artisans and their families move to a different life style, the gadi, traveling cart, may even get a garage of its own.
Text: Aloka Hiremath, Jaya Jaitly
Photography: Suleiman Merchant and Charu Verma
Artisans: Hanuman Lohar and Hazari Lal
Ground Facilitator: Charu Verma and Aloka Hiremath
Curation: Ruchira Verma