Mattencherry, part of Kochi, was once a bustling centre of trade, particularly in spices. Invasions from the Arabian Peninsula and beyond (such as Portugal) were frequent and the invaders left their marks on the culture, art and social history of the area.
It is now but a shadow of its historical vibrancy, however godowns of ginger, basmati rice and other spices can still found on its main street. It is there that traders and porters work from the same small stores occupied by their forefathers.
Photographed with a Leica M9, while the audio was recorded with a Tascam DR-40.