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Local people wave goodbye as we leave their village on the shore of Vembanadu Lake, Kerala, India.
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Local people wave goodbye as we leave their village on the shore of Vembanadu Lake, Kerala, India.

Coir Village in Kerala Backwater

Coir making is a communal activity.

In this village they The coir making process begins with soaking coconut husks in a pond for several months.tend to the trees, harvest the coconuts, soak and pound the husks, and spin the fiber into twine. From there it is delivered to a processing plant where the twine is processed. Kerala’s version of “communism” looked to me more like a farm co÷perative than any kind of “dictatorship of the proletariat.” 

Perhaps the co÷peration between the villages and the state, which functions like an oversized village, helps contribute to the unabashed boosterism one finds among Kerala’s citizens for their Land of Green Magic.

Spun coir rope is taken to market on the back of a bicycle.

When I asked my guide, Suresh, about this egalitarian sense of community, he confidently said that it was due to the maharajas of the old days. “The maharajas in Kerala were different from those in other parts of India, especially those up north. They didn't build opulent palaces for themselves or wear gaudy finery while their people were in rags... There never has been much class struggle here, so there was no need for a revolution.”

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