Kerala, the God’s own favorite nation is the land of scenic blend that allure the tourists from every nook and corner of the world. This nature’s paradise is also known for its unique culture and rich traditions. Kerala holds a rich tradition of Handicrafts. The traditional handicrafts of Kerala have a class of its own. This unique handicraft is a part of the rich cultural heritage of this vibrant state. It is one the best example for the Eco-friendly tourism practices of Kerala. If you are a shopaholic and planning a trip to this God’s own kingdom, then this unique art and craft products are going to be very irresistible for you. Include some trip to the cultural villages with your Kerala tour packages from Delhi with Dream Holidays, to witness this extraordinary skills of the craftsmen of Kerala. Most of these products are made of naturally available materials and the amazing talents of the craftsmen play an important role in its creation. You can see the rich cultural heritage of Kerala is depicted on these unique creations.
The artisans of Handicrafts of Kerala have traditional expertise in
- Brass and Metal Works
- Coir Products
- Ivory Works
- Carving in wood, jewelry design
- Idols and Figures in Metal
- Life Size Models of Kathakali
- Models of Snake Boat Race
- Idols of Nataraja
- Various Lamps
- Metal Crafts
Industrial arts and handicrafts play an important part of the cultural heritage of Kerala. Metal crafts are one of the most sought after among the traditional art and the Bell-metal crafting is an old time industrial art. It involves mainly two types of activities. The images of idols of the deities are made out of copper, bronze and brass are used for worship in the temples and for other religious purposes. Craftsmen also make huge carpus or multi-layered lamps and other household utensils out of these metals. These products are most demanded ones because of their high degree of perfection.
Lamps of unique artistic beauty are also made by Kerala craftsmen. The Greek lamp or Changalavatta, Archana lamp, Arati Dipa are the most famous ones.
It is one of the most famous art pieces of Kerala. This has attained famous among the products of the bell metal industry. It is made of copper and tin and resembles the glass mirror in every respect in point of usage.
It is one of the popular metal crafts of India. It is also being practiced by a few artisans in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala. They make figures of deities, landscapes, floral designs and many fancy articles of many varieties in Koftagari work. This is one of the Main attraction of Kerala tour packages.
It is another popular handicraft art piece in Kerala and it is testified to by the temples and churches of the State which abound in wood carvings. Netturpetti is one of the most exquisite one among them, sandalwood carvings are also very popular among them, including decorated boxes, candle stands, toys, Kathakali dance dolls etc.
Jewelry of Kerala
The traditional jewelry of Kerala is also famous for its aesthetic beauty and artistic perfection. Each community has some kind of typical ornament for them. The most famous ones are
Nagapadam or serpent hood– it is a typical ornament for some Hindu community and is so called because of the shape of its pendent.
Toda- It is an ear ornament and-and is in the shape of a double convex disc and can wear only after dilating the earlobes.
Mukuthi– It is the ornament for the nose.
Kappu, Addyal, Yantram, Avil mala, Puli Nakham, Cherutali
Kasu mala, Oddyanam- Used by Brahmin community mostly.
Mekka Motiram– It is a kind of heavy guilt brass ring and is worn by the Christian women.
It is also a unique art of Handicrafts and mostly centers in Chengannur. The granite workers also make the variety of artifacts like idols, household equipment, pillars, survey stones etc.
It is also one of the most popular ones among the handicrafts. Here the craftsmen perfectly combine the metal and wood.
Rice Straw Handicrafts
it is unique art that is originated in Kerala. It is done by using the shade of rice straw to craft beautiful painting.
The craftsmen of Kerala also develop a diverse kind of handicrafts using the rich wealth of flora and fauna that Kerala is blessed with. This kind of handicrafts consist of
- Screw pine mat
- Pillow covers
- Vanity bags
Some of the unique materials used for making simplest handicrafts include-
- Bamboo- the art of weaving bamboo-reed mat, baskets and fancy articles is one of the simplest of handicrafts.
- Kora grass– it is also similarly used for making mats of different sizes and colors.
- Rattan– it is used in the making of some utility and fancy artifacts.
- Coconut shell– It is used for manufacturing articles of utility and beauty such as lamp stands, flower vases, ashtrays etc.
- Coir– Carpets and made of coir are produced in many interesting designs and colors, which are most sought after among India and abroad.
- Buffalo-born– The craftsmen who are engaged in ivory carving also use buffalo born for practicing their art.
Lace and embroidery work of high quality is done by many women in the different parts of Kerala. Talangara village in Kasargod is well famous for this textile marketing industry. The cotton caps that are manufactured here has a prestige market in foreign countries.
Ivory carving is another traditional art of Kerala. The ivory throne that is made by the legendary king of Kerala- Swati Tirunal is still preserved as a unique show piece. The craftsmen of ivory carving manufacture a variety of models of the famous mythological characters, animals, birds, cases etc.
Snake boat or locally known as Chundan vallam is one of the unique specimens that is made of ivory carving and is purchased by the tourists who visit here as a souvenir.
These handicrafts items are some unique and Eco-friendly products that well compliments the tourism industry in Kerala. These will be perfect for collecting as souvenirs for your friends and families during your trip to this wonderful land.