The God’s Own Country, Kerala is a land of spectacular beauty. Every year, hundreds of tourist visit Kerala to explore the backwaters and natural reservoirs. The people of Kerala cultivates tea, coffee, coconuts and different types of spices.

Kerala is well-renowned for its rich and vibrant culture. The state purity and simplicity is also seen in their handicrafts. Handicrafts of Kerela fascinate tourists and craft a still mesmerising image. The handicrafts are the creative product which is crafted by hands without the use of machines and equipment. The artisans of Kerala are expertise in carving metal and wood (rosewood and sandalwood), granite statues, figures and paintings of elephants, coconut shell, coir & cane products, colourful wall hangings, bags and snake boat model.

The most admirable and charming handicrafts of Kerala is the wooden face of a Kathakali dancer.

Below we have a complete list of all the popular traditional crafts of Kerala.

Ivory Handicrafts:


Ivory is hard and white. The products of ivory are very delicate; the entire crafting is done on animal teeth especially Elephant Tusk. The Ivory handicrafts of Kerala is world famous. The crafting of ivory products is mainly done for products such as false teeth, billiards balls and more. The best type of ivory crafting can be seen in the mythological figures.

Coir and Cane Products:

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Some of the Kerala famous and beautiful coir products are Coir mattresses, painting decorated mats and floor furnishings and other colourful items.

The two cities of Kerala, Kollam and Calicut are well-renowned for crafting and purchasing Coir and cane products. Coir is extracted from the protective husk of the Coconut, and their products are eco-friendly.

Lacquer Wire:


Lacquer Wire is the blend of wood and metal. The artisans give lacquer finish to wooden products and then decorate it with precious metals. Lacquer Wire is one of a fascinating handicrafts of Kerala. The state Ernakulam churned variety of Lacquer wire products.

Wooden Handicrafts:


The skills of crafting wooden handicrafts of Kerala artisans are growing from generation to generation. They had taken inspiration from the Hindu mythology temples, which are beautifully decorated in astonishing wooden crafts. The table Lamps, Toys, paperweights are some of the creative decorative wooden pieces of Kerala.

Moreover, the Sandalwood Products of Kerala are also famous. Some of them are decorated boxes, ashtrays, candle stands, toys and Kathakali dance postures.

Coconut Shell Handicrafts:


Coconut is the natural abundantly occurring product in Kerala. The artisans use the coconut shell to craft beautiful bowls, vases, teapots and toys. The blend of coconut shell and brass bindings are used to craft hookahs. Other products such as Lamp Stands encased in brass and smaller coconut shell articles.

Screw Pine Products:

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The ancient handicrafts of Kerala is the Screw Pine Weaving. Three different types of mats are woven together with a screw pine leaves. The straw hats, household linen and carry bags are the famous products of Kerala which are crafted with pine leaves.

Banana Fibre Handicrafts:

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The Banana Handicrafts are slowly gaining in popularity. When the trunk of banana plant treated, it gives a fine natural fibre. The banana plant is used in crafting table mats, bags, wall hangings and mats of different shapes and sizes. Even, the saree named Pattu is also woven with this fabric.

Kathakali Papier-mache Masks:


Kathakali is one of the world’s oldest dance of Kerala. It is the combination of dance, drama, ritual and music. The participants wore different types of Kathakali masks, elaborate headgear, and long black hair that showcase the culture of Kerala. All the Kathakali masks are eco-friendly because they are made from paper and glue.

Well, these are some of the famous Kerala Handicrafts Items. If you want to explore more the authenticity of Kerala Handicrafts then visit the city and see a new way of living in harmony with nature.

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