The art and crafts of any country or state is a living example of the rich past and heritage of the region. Kerala is a treasure of the best crafts you have ever seen: touch a nerve that awakens your artistic sensibility. Rosewood carving, which is a special handmade form in Kerala that highlights the indigenous method and the ability of traditional artisans to carve and chisel rosewood figures.
These artisans have not visited Swarovski or Dior’s house, but they can teach one or two things about fineness and art. Elephant carvings, curiosities, figurines, coconut mats, bags, hand loom products, jewelry boxes and a large number of other items, including wooden furniture, used for decoration and utility, are produced in Kerala with meticulous precision. These handmade samples of Kerala are presented in the homes and buildings of many people and offices around the world. The state’s artisans also present unique indigenous products, such as the popular Kerala coconut shell products. It’s amazing what craft samples can be created from something as trivial as coconut shell or wood.
Significantly, Kerala’s crafts have a double motive. First, it shows Kerala’s crafts to the world forum and, secondly, it constitutes a source of bread and butter for the many poor traditional craftsmen of the state. The craft industry in Kerala acts as a source of income for these people, for the government and for many other industries directly or indirectly associated with the art and crafts of Kerala.