A good 250 km down the Wayanad, the coastal city of Kochi saw a unique ornamental piece of the tribals of the northeast Kerala hills, presented as an exotic souvenir at the ongoing Kerala Travel Mart (KTM).
Choothumani kammal, which is a pair of reddish earrings made of the rosary pea called kunnimani in Malayalam, is a highlight of Wayanad’s ethnic trinkets that have been in vogue for centuries among its Adivasi community. Far removed from its native rugged terrain, cosmopolitan Kochi turned out to be a venue for the bright-red earrings at the four-day KTM-2018 that aims at the promotion of the state’s tourism.
Kerala Tourism Secretary Rani George released a pair of Choothumani kammal, brought from scenic Ambalavayal where the tribal people are being trained in making such objects of heritage value. The earrings, made from locally procured rosary peas (abrus), were a sample of the Choothumani kammal pairs made by 43 trainees at Ambalakunnu village for four days recently.
The earrings are being exhibited and sold at the KTM that concludes on Sunday.
“This is another of our attempt under Responsible Tourism to mainstream objects that are generally considered marginalised,” George said, releasing the earrings at the KTM venue in Willingdon Island. “It negates the typical belief that good old tribal ways of life are fast vanishing in Kerala.”
Rupeshkumar K, who is coordinator of the RT Mission under Kerala Tourism, said the choothumani kammal earrings will also act as a means of financial income for the tribals of Wayanad
Present at the KTM function was RT Ambalavayal coordinator R T Sareesh.
more recommended stories
Eastern Condiments Bags Spice Exporter Award
KOCHI: The Spices Board of India.
Adani Ports Receives CSR Excellence Award for Kerala Floods Support
AHMEDABAD: Adani Vizhinjam Port Pvt. Ltd.
India Set to Lead Blockchain Revolution, Says Tech Leader Bob Tapscott
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: When noted Canadian blockchain expert.
KBA Launches Blockchain Women Connect at Kerala summit
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Even as blockchain is creating.
CloudSEK, AI based Cyber Security Risk Management Startup Raises Rs.14 Crores
KOCHI: CloudSEK, an information security risk.
Southern Railway RPF Render Significant Support to Rail Passengers
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: RPF wing of Southern Railway.
Special Arranagements Made by Railways for Sabarimala Pilgrims
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Sabarimala Pilgrim Passengers arriving/returning through.
Hindustan International Furniture Fair to Commence on Saturday
KOCHI: Hindustan International Furniture Fair will.
Samsung India Launches Galaxy Note9 in Limited-Edition Alpine
GURUGRAM: Samsung, India’s most trusted brand,.
Brand new Technologies, Helping Hand for the Needful
THIRUANANTHAPURAM: Paragon TMT, one of the.