Thursday, October 7, 2010

Kashmir Photographs, 1904

Vintage Kashmir Photographs from the book A lonely summer in Kashmir (1904) by Margaret Cotter Morison.
Temple of Payech, south of Pulwama district.

A family of Hanjis

Kashmiri Boatman


Kashmiri Villagers


House Boat and the Cook boat
The Mar Canal

Shah Hamadan

Temple at Chemar Bagh




[Update March, 2017]The house on the left belongs to Ravinder Raina, now living in Jammu post violence of 1990.
Near Wular Lake

Rice boats for rasad

View of Haramuk peak from Gangabal Lake

Ruins of temples in the Wangat Valley

Women at the river bank


Bridge over Liddar


'Honeymoon Cottage' at Dulai, now on the other side of the LOC

Bridge at Kohala, now in Pakistan.

The Pir Panjal Pass



Lal Mandi



Fishing on the Jhelum

Camping near Haramuk (previously)

Sind Valley

Balti people

A Hanji woman with Kanz and Muhul

Previously: Post about Kashmiri hair braids and other things

A Kashmiri Doonga boat

Gulmarg

Rare photograph of a Kashmiri Sweet shop

House on Canal. (Something like that from present time)

Irrigation wells of Kashmir. [Called 'Tol'e' in Kashmiri]

Kolohoi near Pahalgam


Pahalgam

Ruins of Martand Temple. (Previous posts about these temples: post1, post2 )

Islamabad or Anantnag. The locals must have already started calling it Islamabad back in early 1900s.
Fakirs. (previous post about Kashmiri Fakirs)

2 comments:

  1. The Kashmiri people in vintage photographs appear to have darker skin than they seem to be these days? Something to do with the photogrpahs or have people become fairer because of lifestyle change?

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  2. I believe that the 'fairness' of kashmiri people is actually as exaggeration of casual observation. The some of theearly Europeans, having heard about a lot about beautiful kashmiris from Indians (who maybe back even then equated fairness with beauty ), were in fact disappointed by what they saw. I have posted their observations here under 'Fables of Kashmiri Beauty'. The fact is that just like most of the population of the sub-continent, the fairness of Kashmiris also varies. Most people tend to forget it, or may be even ignore but Kashmiri people as they exist today actually come from all sort of ethnic groups - groups from mainland India as far as Bengal to the extremes of central Asia area. So the skin tones come in all sort of ranges.

    And yes, Kashmiris also judge beauty by fairness. Fairest of fair is the one who is fair as'Do'dth M'ath' or the Milk cakes.

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