We recently looked at how sewn boats are used in manual dredging operations in the Indian state of Kerala. Now we'll look at the construction of Keralan boats, and at the process of making the coir (coconut fiber) ropes that hold them together. All photos are courtesy of Paul Wilson, to whom sincere thanks are given.
Do you know rope-making? Please post comments or email me to share your knowledge about the process shown in these photos. Thanks.
|A careful look at this elegant canoe reveals coir bundles that run along the inside of the seams. The bundles are neatly bound in place with stitches of coir that penetrate the hull. (Click any image to enlarge.)|
|I believe the man is treating the stitches with a waterproofing agent, or possibly plugging the stitch holes with tarred pegs.|