Mangaluru, Sep 7,2016: Coconut leaves are an important part of rural assets, life in many parts of coastal Karnataka gave importenace to coconut. The human-coconut leaf relationship starts right from childhood and goes up to the last rites. Leaves are used in different stages for different purposes. It starts from tender tassels to dry leaves. Leaves are used for making toys, decoration, ritual use, for lights, for fire and also to construct houses and sheds.
This coconut roof proves to be the best as it controls the scorching heat during summer. To drive home the importance of coconut leaves in human lives and to arrest coconut leaf craft heritage diminishing slowly from rural life as plastic replaces coconut leaf crafts, ICAR-CPCRI is organizing a five-day workshop at CPCRI campus at Kasargod, to September 10. The initiative has been arranged as part of ICAR- CPCRI centenary celebrations.
The two organizations in collaboration with ’Folkland’, an international centre for folklore and culture are bringing back coconut leaf craft tradition to the present society. Eminent artists/craftsperson will attend the workshop. On September 8, a seminar has been planned with presentations and paper readings of eminent scholars and artists.