Screw Pine Craft of Kerala
Screw pine craft of Kerala is the craft of fabricating multiple types of mats and wall hangings using the leaves of the screw pine plant as exercised by crafters in Kerala. Weaving of mats with leaves of the screw pine plants is a handicraft exercised generally by ladies in Kerala. This handicraft, which is exercised by crafters in all the sections of Kerala, has been in existence as long ago as 800 years. The mats prepared by screw pine has a meaningful place in the traditional rituals of Kerala. Important guests to homes were offered these mats as honoured articles to be sat upon. Finer kinds of these mats were also used as bed for sleeping.