in Kerala is either hereditary occupation or practised by amateurs who
has great interest in the art.
Kerala has the tradition of making beautiful handicrafts with ivory, bamboo,
palm leaves, seashells, wood, coconut shells, clay, cloth, metals, stone
etc. Many old handicraft classics can be seen in Palaces, old heritage
homes, museums, etc. The artists are experts in making beautiful flower
vases, ash trays, ornamental plates, jewel boxes, miniature boats, elephants,
idols, kathakali masks, embroidery works, etc.
ornaments, head gears and costumes for classical arts and ritual arts are
entirely made by artists expertised in handicrafts. They make all necessary
materials for Kathakali, Theyyam, Mudiyettu, Koodiyattam, etc. They use
the locally available turmeric, powdered rice, powdered leaves of Acacia
etc. for making excellent colours and combination of colours for painting
faces of performers, which is a very good example of handicrafts of Kerala.
than an art the handicrafts have evolved into a small scale industry in
Kerala. The making, domestic selling and exporting are increasing and now
there are many institutes giving training in handicrafts.