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Chinese Fishing Nets

After a massive flood created its sheltering harbor in the 14th century, Kochi (long known as Cochin) quickly became a thriving port city. Chinese traders from the court of Kublai Khan filled their ships with black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, and cloves carried down from the lush hills nearby. These fishing nets, identical to those once used in China, are still lowered every morning and afternoon all along the quiet backwaters in India's narrow western state of Kerala. Though counter-balanced with knotted bundles of rocks, these large nets still require several strong men to raise the day's catch.