Coconut Shell Crafts Training for Women Empowerment

Jul 01, 2013 | Vol. 5, Issue 3
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Kera Craft is located in a remote village Thrikkur in Thrissur district and is the final outcome of the efforts initiated by Thrikkur Grama Panchayath (Local self Government) and Mr Parameswaran, a master craftsman from the same locality.

Kerala is known for its abundance of coconut trees. It is common knowledge that each and every part of the coconut tree is useful in our daily life. Value addition to these products gives it better viability and commercial potential. One such movement initiated  by Kudumbasree Mission (women empowered self help group) is Kera Craft, who have developed  utility products like cups, spoons, ladles, forks, 'Puttu' Maker etc from the shell of  coconuts. Of these, Puttu maker has established itself as a premium product due to its uniqueness. It is made from the shell of coconut and can be fixed on to a pressure cooker to make Puttu (powdered rice steamed with coconut scrapes).

Kera Craft is located in a remote village Thrikkur in Thrissur district and is the final outcome of the efforts initiated by Thrikkur Grama Panchayath (Local self Government) and Mr Parameswaran, a master craftsman from the same locality. During last year's Onam Consumer Fair, the Grama Panchayaths of Thrikkur and Alagappanagar had jointly promoted the products made by Parameswaran in bamboo and coconut shell and it was quite a success. In July 2013, Thrikkur Grama Panchayath organized a 15-Day camp for women and Parameswaran trained them to make some products like cups, spoons, forks, Puttu Maker etc using coconut shell.

Twenty two ladies had participated in the training of which 12 ladies joined together and formed the Kudumbasree Unit Kera Craft- and elected their office bearers. They are Mrs. Mary Kuriakose (President), Mrs. Lissy Paul(Secretary) and Mrs. Deepa Varghese (Treasurer). They also appointed Mr Parameswaran as their Technical Consultant. Apart from the quality control and design development he   also handles the marketing and sale of the products. At present the price range is from Rs.40/- to Rs.150/-. “ The objective of this unit is to capitalize on the availability of coconut shells in their locality as well as to create livelihood for the women in the Panchayath” said Shenny Anto Panokkaran, the President of Thrikkur Grama Panchayath.

According to Amrutha Sunil, the Chair Person of the Kudumbasree Mission in the Panchayath, Kera craft is the only unit of its kind among the 200 plus Kudumbasree units of various types in the Panchayath and are hopefully looking forward to more women units to enter this field.

Parameswaran who is fifty one years old has tried his hand at many jobs in his journey through life, but always had an interest in making uniquely designed products using coconut and coconut shell. For the last two years he is totally involved in making statues and sculptures. But his master pieces are the miniatures of musical instruments like Violin, Veena, Sitar etc. His three sons are also talented in making various items using Bamboo and coconut.

Location/access:  Parameswaran's home cum studio is located about 400m towards left from Nayarangadi (on Amballur  Kallur Road) and near Kallur Shiva Temple, Thrissur Dt, Kerala. Nayarangadi is about 4km from Amballur junction.

Kera Craft unit of Kudumbasree  functions at Thrikkur Grama Panchayath office, which is another 500m from Nayarangadi on Kallur road itself.

Amballur is a High way junction abour 12km from Thrissur town and situated on Palakkad- Ernakulam National High Way.

For info/visit: Kera Crafts
C/o Grama Panchayath Office
Thrikkur Grama Panchayath, Kallur P O, Thrissur Dt, Kerala
Mary kuriakose (President)
Mob: +91- 9946561375
K Parameswaran (Technical consultant)
Mob: +91- 9961835870

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I would like to promote coconut and bamboo crafts at my store in Coimbatore

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