Workshop on coconut leaf craft


As part of centenary celebrations of ICAR- CPCRI a workshop on coconut leaf craft is being organized during 6-8th September, 2016 under the guidance of Dr. P. Chowdappa, Director, CPCRI, Kasaragod in collaboration with Folkland, Kasaragod and Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage. Workshop was inaugurated on 6th September by a well known art historian, Sri. K. K. Marar. In his inaugural speech, Sri K K Marar, said that traditional coconut crafts were an integral part of our life, culture and identity. Unfortunately in the recent times we witness, the coconut crafts, especially crafts made from the coconut leaves, are slowly vanishing from the vicinity and becoming a part of our nostalgia. Hence, redemption of the traditional coconut leaf crafts is a commitment to the coconut sector that helps us to highlight our ethnic identity. In this context, he emphasized the importance of research orientation towards improving the longevity of crafts made of coconut leaves. He also stressed upon the possibility of replacing plastics and other environment hazardous materials by processed coconut leaves. He urged that the society should promote the traditional decorations using coconut leaves and inflorescence during auspicious ceremonies like marriages which may open commercial vista for crafts made from coconut palm. Introductory speech was given by Dr. V. Jayarajan, Chairman, Folkland, Kasaragod.  In his remarks he emphasized that coconut leaves are playing an important role in the rural life of entire Kerala and some parts of Karnataka. The human- coconut leaf relationship starts right from the childhood and it goes up to the last rites. We use the different stages of leaves for different purposes. It starts from tender tassels to dry leaves. We use the leaves for making toys, decoration, ritual purposes, for lights, for fire etc. We also construct houses and sheds with coconut leaf roofs and this coconut roof proves to be the best as it controls the scorching heat during summer. Dr. H. P. Maheshwarappa, Director in charge, CPCRI, Kasaragod was presiding over the inaugural function. In his presidential address, he emphasized the importance of coconut leaves and their role in socio cultural life of people. He urged the scientists to make efforts for preserving the coconut leaf craft items. Dr. K. Muralidharan, Principal Scientist, CPCRI, and Dr. A. Sreenath, Retd. Principal, Govt., College, Kasaragod offered felicitations. Dr. C. Thamban, Head, Division of Social Sciences, CPCRI, Kasaragod welcomed the gathering and Adv. P.V.Hareesh, Co-convener, INTACH proposed vote of thanks. One hundred participants covering craft artists, scientists and other stakeholders participated in the workshop.An interaction with artists, scientists and students is also planned along with the workshop on 7th September, 2016. A seminar on coconut leaf and Kerala community: Art, rituals, crafts and sustainability will be organized on 8th September, 2016.