Now a bouquet of coir flowers! And coir ornaments too!
Alappuzha, Kerala, Feb 5 : It may not have the fragrance of a natural flower but compensates for it with durability and as a decorative piece. And the looks are absolutely identical; it is difficult to distinguish between the natural and the artificial. The wonderfully skilled women workers in Kerala's coir sector have now made flowers from coir, which promise to give the bouquet of natural flowers a run for its money.
'The bouquet of coir flowers is an instance of value addition and diversification of coir products being consciously attempted by us. In Kerala, there is a ready market for it. Once it is established in the state, we will explore markets in other parts of the country and abroad,' says Mr K M Muhammed Anil, Managing Director of the Kerala State Cooperative Coir Marketing Federation Ltd (Coirfed).
The prototype of the coir bouquet has been developed with the support of NABARD. 'We submitted our proposal to NABARD, which funds specific skilled development programmes for rural women. This is among several innovative projects that have been approved by it as part of our diversification plans,' he points out.