June 2, 2002 

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Abraham, or Avarachan,‘Nimisha Handicrafts’,  Doddappankulam, Wynad

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They generate value out of waste.  P.M.Araham and his ilk from Wayanad make utensils and works of art from coffee stems and rosewood roots.

Abraham, or Avarachan as he is popularly known, runs ‘Nimisha Handicrafts’, at Doddappankulam, Wynad on the Mysore Highway.  Here he and his assistants Prasanth, Venu and Shaji chisel out creatures of yore, wild birds or familiar figures of Jesus and Gandhi. 

Or if you wish, you can have your customized product.  Just tell them what you want and it will be ready in a few hours.  Avarachan has the instinct of a talented artist that helps him conceive an array of things using coffee stem and rosewood root.

Their works reach many nooks and corners of the world.  The middlemen who carry it far and wide get the best deal, while he and his craftsmen get just pittance.  Apart from occasional exposure through IRDP fairs for those who had taken IRDP loans, there is no assistance forthcoming for these artists.

“There is a great demand for these products all over the world, especially in the Gulf.  But people like me lack the capital or expertise to launch a large-scale marketing or export operation.  If some Government agency comes forward to coordinate and promote our and wood-based art products, it would be a great help”, he concluded.


Courtesy: Latheef Kizhisseri, New Indian Express

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