Handmade in Kerala – God’s own crafts from God’s own country

Kerala Tourism is organizing a blogger competition where it will pick up some travel and lifestyle bloggers to travel Kerala and blog about God’s own country. I think its a wonderful opportunity for Peacocks in the Rain to blog live about the artisans , crafts and designers in Kerala . If you could vote for me at the following link it will just about increase my chance to bring the arts and crafts of Kerala on these pages. To vote for me please click on the link below.



God’s own country – Kerala is not just about beautiful backwaters , its also the land of rich cultural heritage. From the beautiful headgears of elephants that local craftsmen make to beautifully painted faces of Kathakali dancers .



kathakali doll

The variety of arts and crafts in Kerala is diverse  and emphasizes a lot on the use of colors, which I think is true for most places in Kerala. All art forms are full of intricate designs and vibrant details.


wooden door


Kerala is renowned for its carvings in metal and wood like rosewood and sandalwood. The above picture is an example of age old traditional lock of Kerala which adorns the doors of fabulous old mansions.

Metal jewellery, wall painted murals , granite statues, coconut shell ,sand coir products, snake boat models are other forms in which local artisans depict the state’s history and their talent.




The musical instruments for traditional dance forms are also a form of art. These instruments are handmade and often are carved out of a single piece of wood.

musical instruments


One of my favorite sarees in my collection is a Kerala saree which my bought from Kochi many years ago.

“Kerala sari (Set-sari) is a clothing of women in the Indian state of Kerala. It is worn as a garment that closely resembles the mundum neriyathum though it is not considered a true mundum neriyathum by classic definition. This is because the Kerala sari consists of a single piece of cloth while a traditional mundum neriyathum consists of a two-piece cloth. Otherwise, the Kerala sari closely resembles the mundum neriyathum and is often worn by Malayali women as a quasi mundum neriyathum. Kerala sari is regarded as the cultural costume of women of the Malayali community.[1] The grace and appeal of the golden borders contrasting with the otherwise plain white mundum neryathum of Keralite women has come to symbolize Malayali women. Both the traditional and modern styles of the mundum neryathum are depicted in the paintings of the Indian painter Raja Ravi Verma. The mundum neriyathum was modified in several paintings depicting shakuntala from the mahabharatha to a style of draping now popularly known as the ‘nivi saree’ or ‘national drape’. In one of his paintings, the Indian subcontinent was shown as a mother wearing a flowing nivi saree.” Source : Wikipedia



Of the places I am looking forward to visiting in Kerala is the folklore museum. The three floors of the museum have been built in the distinctive architectural styles of Malabar, Kochi and Travancore states. The collection includes costumes of ritual art forms , musical instruments , traditional jewelry , utensils dating back to stone age, masks and sculptures. You can follow the museum on Pinterest here .

Kerala folklore museum


All pictures have been picked up from the Kerala Tourism website or Pinterest. If you own any of these pictures please write back to me and I will update with due credits.

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