The fiber is sorted and separated in thick bunches based on the similarities of the coir.
The bunches of coir are manipulated into required shapes.
A sturdy thread is used to knot and consolidate the forms.
The parts of the main body are crafted individually.
The leg is assembled with the help of thread, needle and fevicol.
The whole body is assembled by attaching individual pieces together.
Repeated winding of the thread makes the toy firm and ordered.
The task is divided among many craftsmen who procreate different parts of the figure.
The proportion is maintained in all the forms for a realistic depiction.
Producing a toy takes two days to six months, depending on the design and size.
On completion, the toy is dipped in diluted fevicol for stiffness and durability.
Colored woolen threads are used for surface ornamentation and decoration purpose.
Coir is processed from coconut husks treated in saline or freshwater for eight to ten months, this process is called “Retting” which helps in enhancing the durability and flexibility of the fiber, which is 100% natural. The coconut palm has been eulogized as ‘Kalpvriksha’, considered the all giving tree of India. Coir products are a fabrication of woven brilliance, used craftily to make a variety of eco-friendly toys, wall hangings, key rings, Christmas hangings, pen stands and other home cosmetics.
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