India - Manipur - Imphal - A group of vendors gather on the steps of the Ima Market during a political gathering.
The rise of the Imas’ coincides with the creation of the market in the sixteenth century AD. Mani-pur was still a feudal, military society, and local men were often on corvée or at war against neighbouring Burma. Women were left alone and had to take care of everything else - households, children, fields and trade. Thanks to Imphal’s strategic position at...more »