The woodcarvers of Kerala are skilful in making and carving statues of various shapes and sizes. This is a traditional art inherited from their earlier generations. They use the template only for outlining and the remainder is done from memory. Vayalar and Andhkaranazhi beach is located in Alleppey district of Kerala. A large number of people who are both skilled or unskilled labourers, work in the coir industry, the sea food industry, wood carving and boat making activities near Cherthala. The traditional houses and temples in Kerala are made of wood. The themes for wood carving crafts are taken from puranic scenes and figures of animals, flowers are carved on furniture, wooden door frames or arch, antique furniture. The main items made of rose wood are animal figures like elephant, horses and tiger and figures of Buddha and Christ statutes, Kathakali masks, pen stand and dressing table are also made out of rose wood.
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