The Thunee Deck by Trumpmen
The design of the deck has been well researched by the design team of Patrick and David to encapsulate the historical significance, Hindu legacy and script and to commemorate the Indian Indentured Labourer in South Africa.
The design of the Thunee deck embodies various elements of Indian culture, heritage and tradition.
Each card has been produced to evoke the feeling of a bygone era. We feel that the deck will infuse pride and enhance the gaming experience of not only Thunee players but all card players alike.
The card deck is inspired by the South-African game named Thunee. Thunee has been part of South African culture for 140 years.
Thunee, which means water in the Tamil (South Indian) language, is a popular trick-taking card game that originated in Durban, South Africa.
The game was invented by indentured Indian Labourers who were brought to South Africa in the 1800’s from India to work on the sugar cane plantations.
Since then the game has developed a cult following and is played by family and friends and on a competitive basis.
It occurred to us that despite the long history of the game, no deck has been designed that captures the historical significance of the game.
We therefore decided to design a deck and meticulously researched the history to incorporate the elements into a deck that commemorates the inventors of the game.
We hope that you will love this project as much as we loved creating it. To us this isn’t just a deck of cards, it’s a dream our team shared for some time.
Following the emancipation of slaves in 1833, the owners of sugar cane plantations searched for cheap docile and a low-waged work force.
Britain was forced to look elsewhere and turned attention to India.
The solution was in the form of a forced labour system which in many ways resembled enslavement.
Indians, under an “indentured” or contract scheme began to replace Africans on plantations across the British Empire, including Natal, South Africa (now known as Kwazula-Natal).
The first Indians to arrive in South Africa were reported to have arrived aboard the Truro from Madras (now known as Chennai) in 1860.
At the end of the 19th Century, Mahatma Ghandi argued with the colonial government in Natal for Indian rights.
Through Ghandi’s efforts and the intervention by the Indian Government, the indenture scheme finally came to an end in 1917.
The Thunee deck pays homage to the Indentured Indian labourers in South Africa and commemorates the origins of the game of Thunee.
The deck will be produced by the United States Playing Card Company to a high standard of finish.
The USPCC also produces the Bicycle Deck of cards that is traditionally used to play Thunee.
The cards will be printed on the Bicycle stock with the Air cushion/Magic finish and will feature many elegant, hand-crafted details.