|Traditional Fibre Extraction|
|Traditional Ratt Spinning|
Kerala, a narrow strip of land wedged between the Western Ghats on the East and Arabian Sea on the west is the home of Coir. Coir is a versatile natural fibre extracted from mesocarp tissue, or husk of the coconut fruit. After thrashing the husk, the long fibre is removed and used for manufacturing a variety of products of multifarious use including home decor, furnishing of luxury apartments and industrial purpose.
The unique colour of this fibre has earned for it the favourite name ‘ the golden fibre although it is known in other countries as coir or cocos fibre. Products made from coir acquired world wide reputation and naturally coir industry could attract large markets. This wide acceptance of coir was largely because of its golden sheen, tensile strength and resistance to dampness. These qualities made coir useful in various applications.
Among the traditional industries of the state coir stands out as the greatest and most important employment giver. Out of the four lakh people employed in this sector 80 percent are women. Although the industry earns a foreign exchange of over Rs. 800 crore per year the potential for growth is phenomenal.
PROCESSING OF COIR