The old port town of Mandvi is famous for its centuries old tradition of hand crafted dhows. These sturdy ocean ships that travel as far as the Middle East and Africa are built from staggeringly large planks of Malaysian sal and local woods.

Mandvi’s craftsmen hail from all different religions and communities and still practice traditional, age old methods of ship building such as the filling of gaps between the planks with cotton yarn and oil that swells up in water and plugs the holes.

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