The fiber is kept ready for twine making.
Adding the coir to already formed coir rope.
Group of people making coir ropes.
Safety measures taken while twisting.
Artisan walks backward to loop the coir rope.
Equal thickness is maintained.
A hook used to hold the rope while twisting.
The two ply rope is twisted into single rope as to make it strength.
The twisting is done using triangular shaped wooden piece.
The artisan with prepared coir rope.
The artisan and his family.
Coir bundles ready for marketing.
Hiriyur is located 40 km away from the Chitradurga district in Karnataka state. Hiriyur is one of the major producer of coconuts due to good climatic conditions and abundant availability of Vedavati river water. Coir is the natural fiber which is extracted from coconut. The fiber which is extracted from coconut husk is processed in automated machines to remove the fiber. Then the processed fiber is manually entwined into coir ropes.
The refined coir is twined into coir ropes. The traditional twine making is done manually using spinning wheel. Initially, the small quantity of coir is attached to the hook in spinning wheel which is in motion. Then the formed rope is held in the hands and the loop is continued by adding coir to it. The artisan maintains the uniform thickness by walking backwards.
The prepared coir rope is again twisted to obtain the thickness by adding two single twines. Thus, the two-ply coir rope ready for marketing.
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