Paul Patrick Borhaug

Photographer + Writer
      
The kumhari of Dharavi
Location: Oslo, Norway
Nationality: Norwegian
Biography: Paul Patrick Borhaug  is a photographer and writer from Norway, who primarily works on environmental, political and cultural issues. His images has been published by National Geographic, The New York Times, United Nations , Huffington Post,... read on
Public Story
The kumhari of Dharavi
Credits: paul patrick borhaug
Date of Work: 03/05/12 - 03/14/12
Updated: 03/26/19

The Kumhari  (or Kumbhara, Kubhara, Kumar, Kumor, Kubar, Khubar) is popularly known as a lower-caste people found all across India. "Kumhar" literally means pot-maker in Indian languages, as the traditional occupation of the Kumharis is pottery.

Although the Kumhari is commonly regarded as low-caste (formerly referred to as "untouchables"), they themselves do not consider themselves as such. In fact, they see themselves as above the caste system and to be higher than all varnas and castes.

The Kumhari trace the origin of their community to the beginning of civilization. They consider themselves to be inventors of the wheel, the first eating utensils and to have started the world’s first industry (pottery).

For over 6000 years they have been an integral part of Indian society, as their arts and crafts permeates Indian’s daily life rituals - from teapots to deitiy artefacts. Despite this, the Kumhari people and their communities still face hardship due to high-caste hindus and muslims stigmatisation of the Kumhari as low-caste peoples.


2,319

By Paul Patrick Borhaug —

VISUAL STORY

Analoguesques

By Paul Patrick Borhaug
VISUAL STORY

Street (Colour)

By Paul Patrick Borhaug / mumbai, india
VISUAL STORY

Street/Fine Art

By Paul Patrick Borhaug
VISUAL STORY

Travel

By Paul Patrick Borhaug
VISUAL STORY

Portraits

By Paul Patrick Borhaug — Portraits Encounters with humanity around the world. (Click on image to view individually with captions)
VISUAL STORY

Paradise Lost / The Guarani Kaiowà

By Paul Patrick Borhaug / Dourados, mato grosso do sul — Paradise Lost The name of the tribe Guarani-Kaiowá means ‘forest people’. The Brazilian state they live in,..
VISUAL STORY

The Walls Have Eyes

By Paul Patrick Borhaug — The Walls Have Eyes This project seeks to question the increasing use of surveillance technology (CCTV) in..
VISUAL STORY

The Witch Village

By Paul Patrick Borhaug — In rural parts of West Africa, witchcraft remains a firm belief. When unexpected deaths in the family or..
VISUAL STORY

Sabarimala Pilgrimage

By Paul Patrick Borhaug — With an estimated 45-50 million pilgrims arriving each year, the Sabarimala Pilgrimage is the largest..
VISUAL STORY

Pataxo Hahahe

By Paul Patrick Borhaug
VISUAL STORY

Khat in Ethiopia

By Paul Patrick Borhaug / HARAR, ETHIOPIA — The End of Ethiopia´s Green Gold? Khat, or catha edulis, is a flowering plant native to the Horn of Africa..
VISUAL STORY

The Secret of the Sahara: The Saharawi

By Paul Patrick Borhaug — (Arabic: صحراويون ‎ ṣaḥrāwīyūn; Berber:Iseḥrawiyen; Moroccan Arabic: صحراوة Ṣeḥrawa). In the barren desert..
VISUAL STORY

Feminist Wrestling in Bolivia

By Paul Patrick Borhaug — Every Sunday in El Alto, a suburb of La Paz, indigenous Aymara women dressed in bowler hats, braided hair,..
VISUAL STORY

Somaliland - An Unrecognised Success Story

By Paul Patrick Borhaug / somaliland — Following the brutal warfare of Siad Barré, Somaliland declared it independence from Somalia in 1991. Since..
VISUAL STORY

The Dirty Secret of the information Age - E-waste in Ghana

By Paul Patrick Borhaug / Accra, Ghana
VISUAL STORY

The Matsés

By Paul Patrick Borhaug / Javari, Peru — The Matsés are an indigenous people whose territories are divided by the Brazil-Peru border in the remote..
VISUAL STORY

The Violence of Silence

By Paul Patrick Borhaug — The Violence of Silence is a project that seeks to portray life in a forgotten or silenced conflict, where..
Join us
for more access