KOONAMMAVU VILLAGE: WHERE MORE THAN 500 WOMEN MAKE ROSARIES
Rome is the land of rosaries, Koonammavu village near Cheranellur,
Kochi, is a mini version of it. Here
more than 500 women are engaged in making rosaries as a cottage industry.
there is considerable demand for these spiritual artifacts domestically,
the rosaries made here are exported to Philippines and Nigeria also.
are made with 59 pearls. Using a small plier, the pearls are strung on a thin metallic
string. After stringing, the
rosaries are electroplated to give the final shining appearance.
There is an electroplating unit in Koonammavu itself.
me it takes 10 minutes to string a rosary.
And the work fetches me 80 paise.
I need not work under anybody.
And I decide how much I should earn”, says a rosary worker, Lilly
Devasia of Manalipparambil.
distribute pearl and string at the home of workers and collect finished
products from them.
are many types of rosary: the enchanting Mona Lisa rosary, multicoloured
rainbow rosary, iridescent rosary that is luminescent at night, perfumed
rosary etc are some of them.
praying is one instance when rosary is used, its use is now more broad based. Some wear it, some
hang it in the vehicle while some give it as a gift to newly married
Courtesy: Vanitha, September 1-14, 2000
Contributed by: Administrator
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