Tamil Nadu is known for its cane weaving
and palm leaf products, including trays, flower baskets, shopping bags,
folding fans etc. Toys and dolls are also produced from grass, bamboo and
The Kora grass mats produced in the village of Pattamadai in Tirunelveli are very famous. Kora grass, which grows in abundance locally along the banks of the rivers in marshy areas is the material used for making fine Pattamadai mats.
While palm is a major source of raw material for basketry and related products, bamboo, cane, grasses, reeds and fibres are also used in making baskets, ropes, mats and many other items.
Types Of Basketwork
Basketwork is mainly of two kinds, coiled and plated. The former requires two elements, the coil or core and the sewing and wrapping strips, while the latter is made by crossing the warp and the weft, in chequered, twill intertwined or hexagonal work.
The main centres of these crafts are Dharampuri, Salem, Coimbatore, South Arcot and Tiruchirapalli districts. The demand for Tamil Nadu's artistically created basketry and fibre products is on the increase both in India and abroad.