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Screw pine mat weaving is one of the major cottage industries in Kerala especially around Kollam. As regards the history of this handicraft, it can be said that screw pine mat weaving has existed for more than 800 years. Three types of mats are woven with screw pine leaves. Embroidery on screw pine mats is a commendable deviation from the ordinary cloth embroidery. This handicraft concentration areas are Karunagapalli Taluk of Kollam Dist, Mavelikkara & Karthikapalliy taluks of Alappuzha dist. Thazava, Vachrai and Vallikunnam Panchayaths, and some villages in Thiruvananthapuram & Kottayam Districts.
Screw pine leaves are also woven, hand embroidered and shaped into products like household linen, straw hats, and carry bags. These handicrafts from Kerala are the best choice if you are looking for a unique gift item.Hand made artisanry products have got a special attraction when compared to machine made ones and hence make ideal presents.That the final product is entirely dependent on the craftsmens talent and ideas is an added advantage. The perfection it reaches after hours or days of effort brings a special beauty into them.
The artisans engage in these crafts out of sheer passion and not for money. Kerala has a rich tradition of craft making and manufacturing stunning products using natural materials. These lovely handmade items make ideal gifts for any occasion and also help you to spread an awareness of the richness of our tradition and environment friendliness to your dear and near ones.
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