Coconut Shell, Fibre & Stem Craft of Andaman & Nicobar

This is a versatile craft and the articles made out of coconut shells range from table lamps and finger bowls to boxes and even jewellery. Basketry and mat-weaving are traditional crafts of the Nicorbarese and are usually done by the women in their leisure time. Mats are made from coconut stems and pandanus leaves and are used for sitting, sleeping, and making the walls of huts. Very often light and dark leaves are interwoven to create intricate patterns. The mats are soft, light, and cool, and have a glossy surface.