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20th July, 2023 History

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  • A new agreement has been signed by Indian Navy with Ministry of culture to revive/rejuvenate 2,000-Year-Old Shipbuilding Technique and construction of the stitched ship.
  • This technique is also known as Tankai' method or the "stitched shipbuilding method.

Other Details

  • On July 18 the MoU was signed.
  • The project implementation and execution will be overseen by Indian Navy.
  • The navy will adhere to the highest standards of safety and precision, which will result into an effective, efficient and seamless project management.
  • An ocean-going wooden stitched sail ship will be constructed using this ancient Indian art of Tankai.


  • The art holds significant cultural value and is slowly fading.
  • For preservation of cultural heritage and knowledge for future generations.
  • It has historical importance and the centuries old traditional craftsmanship regarding India’s ancient seafaring traditions needs to be preserved.
  • It will showcase the exceptional craftsmanship of traditional shipwrights.
  • It is aimed to understand the interaction of ancient India with other part of the world in terms of trade, cultural, knowledge, technology exchanges.
  • This agreement is aimed to glorify and revive the ancient maritime memory.
  • A sense of pride is supposed to be instilled in India's rich maritime heritage.
  • It will also seek to strengthen relationships with littoral countries of Indian Ocean by promoting cultural memories.

Stitched ship

  • The stitched ship is made by stitching wooden planks
  • These ships are more durable as nails are not used.
  • Also these ships are caused less damage due to shoals and sandbars.
  • From thousands of years they contributed to trade, cultural exchange, and exploration.

Why it faded?

  • Arrival of European ships in India changed the techniques of shipbuilding.
  • Traditional arts were discouraged by Europeans, particularly british, in General.
  • Availability of more sophisticated techniques of shipbuilding.
  • Neglect of Indian government towards Tankai.
  • However this art is still practiced in a few coastal regions of India, mainly for small local fishing boats.

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