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A view from Thanni lake of Mayyanad. You can see the coconut husk which is collected on the banks for softening in the backwaters which will be later turned in to Coir.
Coir industry occupies a unique place among the rural traditional cottage industries in India. The state of Kerala, also known as the 'land of coconuts', is the largest producer of Coir in India. It accounts for more than 75%Coir Bag of the total production.
The preparation of Coir is a lengthy process. The coconut husk is immersed in water for a month. Later the softened husk is beaten to separate the fibre from the husk. This is then woven into Coir. Coir-foam, rubberized coir is used to Coirmake mattresses and pillow-covers . These have gained popularity due to their softness and durability. Floor mats,
carpets and durries too are made. Other handicraft items like bags, wall hangings, dolls and animal figures etc. are made. The jewellery made out of Coir is fascinating because of its intricate and delicate designs.

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