Students develop skills at handicrafts-training camp

Students at the handicraft training camp at Sargalaya Art and Craft village. Photo: Special Arrangement  

“I used to make a few things in clay before, but I had never thought that a few days’ training would make my fingers fall in love with the clay like never before,” said Asrith Murali, a participant of the handicrafts training camp currently under way at the Sargalaya Art and Craft Village at Iringal near Vadakara here. The camp is being organised by the Kozhikode district panchayat for selected students from the Scheduled Caste community from across the district,.

Asrith is an eighth standard student from Perambra Higher Secondary School with interests in clay modelling and painting. Like him, there are as many as 200 students from different parts of the district participating in the residential camp that offers specialised training in handicrafts in different mediums such as coconut fibre, hay, kora grass coconut shells, and jute besides training in jewellery-making and pottery.

The students, majority of them girls, were selected based on their aptitude and skills in handicrafts, said Balachandran Parachottil, a national award winning teacher and academic coordinator of the camp.

Expert artisans in as many as 10 disciplines including pottery-making, jewellery-making and handicrafts in different mediums are engaging the students, after dividing them into different groups. The participants of the 10-day camp that started on March 12 have already started making attractive handicrafts in different mediums such as plantain fibre, Kora grass and jute besides utensils using clay and coconut shell. “Though immensely talented, some of them had initial problems in grasping the nuances of different mediums, but once they are into it, they literally stunned me with their skills,” said K.K. Rahana, a trainer artisan. .

For many participants of the camp like E.M. Akshaya of St. Joseph’s High School Chembanada, this was first of its kind experience in their life. “The camp has influenced me more than what my nine years’ school life has done to me,” said Akshaya, who is already wearing a beautiful earring she made.

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