Month: July 2021

“Kannadippaya”(Mirror mat)

The Adivasis are in the forefront of making handicrafts like palm fronds, baskets and mats. The specially woven mirrorpaya (kannadippaya) in Etta is an everlasting symbol of their heritage and craftsmanship. This mat is made for the Mannar community belonging to the Kanjikuzhi Palaplavu Tribal Colony in Kerala and various tribal villages in Ernakulam, Kuttampuzha and Edukki. The standard mat is six feet long and three feet wide. Three months to make such mats. A special type of Etta is used for this purpose. It has a legacy in the past, these mirrors were offered as gifts to visitors and community managers in tribal huts.

As far as I understand, for many, many reasons, this glass weave is something that needs to be marked. It is truly an art that stands apart. No new generation other than the traditional artists of each region continues this path. Because of that, a very important art form is going out of business. It’s been almost a year since I started this journey in search of traditional artists, and the turning point in that journey was Corona and Lock Down. With the launch of iraaloom’s e-commerce platform, the availability of products became less and less, and it was from that thought that it became clear why products should be included in the e-project with those who have made but not sold. The journey started like this and reached Kozhikode Koyilandy, Malappuram Chelari, Wayanad Muttil, Thrissur and later to the tribal huts in Idukki.

I have witnessed first-hand the difficulties faced by the handicrafts scene and its artists. We take the products of about 50 people and more than 100 workers can be a godsend for this. The coming Onam and Christmas are all a hope. Currently such products are not stored and are now only made to order. There are a lot of projects being planned.

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