After seeing how the foundries in the US manufacture covers, it is very interesting to get a glimpse of production in India. No automated machinery - each piece is a collaboration among workers. Man made vs. machine - portions of the stamping pressed into place with skill. I was thrilled to have found my way to Natasha Raheja who has documented the process in her short film Cast In India. She is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker and is currently pursuing a PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology at New York University with a Certificate in Culture and Media. Natasha agreed to participate in today's post by allowing me to share about her film - educating us about the activity a world away that shows up underfoot here. Visit her site to learn more - there are several wonderful reviews/interviews linked on her PRESS page. Thanks Natasha!
I learned from listening to one of the interviews with Natasha that manhole covers in the US are produced here at home, in India, China and Romania. I really love seeing how things are made don't you?