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Coir rope is woven on a loom in Kerala, India.
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Coir rope is woven on a loom in Kerala, India.

Coir Processing Co÷perative

Once it leaves Kerala’s villages, the raw coir rope is taken to the state-run co÷perative plant where it is dyed and woven into a variety of products.

Finishing touches are made by hand on a vivid green coir carpet.

The doormats are familiar enough to people in the West, but coir in the form of carpet and other products in vivid colors is less well known. At the co÷perative processing plant it is dyed, woven and finished.

In the Western Ghats, Kerala’s mountain range, other products are grown which are more suited to the higher elevations. Here at sea level, though, coconuts are everywhere and employ a large fraction of the population in one way or another.

Coir rope is dyed a vivid red in a vat.

Because a limit of two hectares (or five acres) is imposed on land ownership, a high percentage of the population owns land. Combining the profits from coir and copra, a few acres of coconuts can produce tens of thousands of dollars of income and support a fair number of people. The result is a relatively large middle class.

Homespun coir rope is neatly coiled for weaving. Finished coir welcome mats are transported to market.

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