in straw :The backwaters and the evening sky, vallomkali
(boat race), village fairs and festivals, huts and hamlets, hills
and valleys... all the spellbinding sights of Kerala are captured
and given life in straw art. This peculiar craft of pasting straw
cut to different sizes on cloth or canvas to create images is called
vaikkol chritrangal (straw picture).
A popular cottage industry, straw pictures find
a good market during festivals like Onam, Christmas, New Year etc.
in the form of greeting cards. These greeting cards are comparatively
less expensive than others in the market.
Kerala Paintings in straw
The vaikkol craftsmen are mostly villagers. Hence
the simplicity of the villager, his thinking and aesthetic sense
is very much reflected in these pictures. Huge wall hangings sometimes
made even two dimensionally are also available. These finely crafted
works of art, the elegant and innovative straw pictures, are available
throughout the year in handicraft emporia all over the State.