A global fair to showcase the possibilities thrown up by the humble coir is on the cards this month

The traditional coconut fibre -- coir, used in the ancient times for making strong ropes and cordage -- will be the centre-stage in its modern avatar of craft, accessories and floor products at a global event in the Capital from November 14 to 30.

The Coir Board of India is organising a Global Coir Fair with an aim to boost its popularity in the north Indian and international market.

Established by the government in 1953, the Coir Board has come a long way in promoting coir products. Experimenting with design and innovating with the material, the global fair is one step further to promote trade and development of the thriving coir industry, which has a major hub in Kerala.

At the fair, artisans will showcase their work with a special emphasis on the innovations that have taken place in coir technology. The fair will be a venue for workshops, buyer and seller meets, and national and international seminars to be moderated by experts.

The board will also seek participation from voluntary organisations to set up manufacturing units in other parts of the country and create new employment opportunities.

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