|Short Descriptions||These are a special type of handmade baskets made by the women from the Kolhapur districts of India.These are multipurpose baskets which can be put to a variety of uses like gift packaging to home accessories also lunch bags, travel bags, laundry baskets and storage containers. These baskets are an innovation to the traditional palmyra baskets. Woven out of plastic tapes and wires, they are available in a wide range of colours and designs. They are attractive, washable, long-lasting and lightweight with excellent load-bearing capacity.Kalapuri offers handcrafted artisanal masterpieces for home decor from the best artisans of Kolhapur, who passionately create them! We provide these products in the best traditions of artisanal masterpieces, yet adapted to contemporary lifestyles and sensibilities. We provide market linkages to rural artisans particularly Women & educate consumers. These products are handmade so they may vary slightly in dimensions and color. Due to the handmade nature of these products, each one is slightly different which we believe adds to the charm and value of each piece.|
Kottan baskets are traditional hand-woven baskets usually made in Chettinadu region in South India. This craft is almost extinct now except for certain organizations working to preserve the heritage of this beautiful craft. Kottan baskets are made from Palmyra leaves, and were traditionally made by the Aachis (Grandmother )of Chettinadu. The 'Aachis' of Chettinad traditionally used to make varieties of baskets out of tender palmyra leaves and leaf stems. Palmyra leaves are first dried and cut into thin strips. These strips are then dyed in brilliant vibrant colours and dried again. The strips are then used to weave the base of the basket. Kottan products were awarded the UNESCO SEAL for excellence in the year 2004.
Palm leaf Basketry is one of the well-known traditional crafts of the South Indian state of Tamilnadu & is the major source of income for the local rural communities there. Palm leaf baskets are made of very intricate captivating designs . These products are mainly used for daily household activities. This traditional craft of making palm leaf basketry is locally called "Kottan" in Tamilnadu. The local skilled artisans are developing new varieties of designs in these baskets day by days, to fulfill the taste of local people and the increasing demand in market.These traditional Kottan baskets had wide and varied uses once upon a time, in the day to day life of people in Tamilnadu, most importantly during marriage ceremonies. Mostly women artisans are exclusively engaged in making these baskets in traditional way in Chettinadu. The pliable, tender palmyra leaf has good structural strength & is used to make varieties of decorative baskets with intricate designs. Palm leaf basket making has been a craft practiced since several generations, and has been a culture and tradition in Chettinadu region. The tools and raw materials used for making these products are easily available locally.
Palm trees are abundantly available in the local Karaikudi region as well as nearby villages. Artisans use long knives to harvest the leaves of palm tree, and then the small sized knives to separate the mid rib from the leaves. The strips are then dyed with vibrant colors to make the products very attractive. Varieties of beautiful and exclusive products are made using the palm leaf, like for example baskets, fruit baskets, mats, pen-stands, flower-vases gift-boxes etc. These baskets are used as storage containers as well as decorative items. Earlier, Kottan baskets were mainly used during marriage ceremonies for packaging gifts and as containers for gifts at family functions and festivals.This beautiful craft is being revived once again with amazingly beautiful designs, and many popular articles of modern day utility are now being made in Chettinadu region .<\p>
Now, the artisans of kalapuri team faced the basic difficulty in procuring the major raw material that is Palm leaf.So ,we opted in for the alternative raw material that is the use of Plastic Wire and Virgin Plastic stripes.The basic aim of our organisation is to provide a dependable and sustainable source of income through this craft. As we provide this raw material to the they can work within the comfort of their village. Sourcing raw material, finding urban markets and arranging for the transport of raw material and finished products are some of the activities to which the Organisation is committed.
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