Bring kaitha leaf and get Grandma’s flower baskets for Onam
Triprayar: When plastic products rule the market, here is an old woman who makes beautiful flower baskets with natural leaves. Ahead of Onam, this grandmother recalls fond memories of the traditional Onam.
A 73-year-old woman Indira makes nearly 10 to 12 baskets during the Onam season. Though she owns a small garden, she restlessly prepares flower baskets for some children who demand it. Like the children, the grandma also finds happiness in it.
Indira, wife of late Nadooparambil Madhavan at Triprayar loves flower baskets from childhood. When she was 5 years old, Chiriyedath Kalyani and Thayyamma had prepared baskets for her. At her old age, she recollects her childhood memories of collecting flowers with a flower basket. When she was 10 years old she started to make her own flower basket and collected flowers in it.
Nowadays, Pandanus leaves (kaitha) are rarely found. Earlier. Pandanus plants were largely grown near canal areas. She has been using Pandanus leaves to make baskets and mats. She has few students in mat making.
Nowadays, she finds time to make toys for children with coconut leaves and pandanus leaves.
She has been invited to schools and craft workshops for children. She is encouraging children to learn such folk arts.
She is ready to make baskets for anyone who brings pandanus leaves. People who are interested to learn this craft can approach Indira but they should make sure that the leaves are ready.