ALAPPUZHA: With gold prices shooting through the roof, the Coir Board is coming out with a possible alternative, one based on the myriad possibilities of coir fibre.
As part of the Board’s initiatives under research, innovation and upgradation of the coir industry, Verena Schaetzlein, a designer from Berlin and an expert in ornament designing, has been roped in to demonstrate the art of making attractive ornaments using coir fibre.
Ms. Schaetzlein imparted training for 53 women from different non-governmental organisations and local societies at the Central Coir Research Institute, Kalavoor near here. The training programme saw seen over 40 items designed by her.
These included chains, bracelets, bangles, earrings and rings among others.
In a press release issued by the Coir Board here, Ms. Schaetzlein said coir fibre ornaments would definitely fetch good prices and elicit an encouraging demand from the foreign market if given proper publicity.
Trained women could be engaged in the manufacturing of coir fibre ornaments as a part-time vocation after household chores, she said.
Coir Board Chairman A.C. Jose said the Board was planning to extend the training for women in all coir producing States in the country.