Screw Pine Craft of Thrissur, Kerala
Screw pine is a word that is commonly known for Pandan or Pandanus. It belongs to Pandanacea family. The leaves are sword like, thin and long, prickly margins, spiral arrangements and aerial roots, with a rough green surface. The screw pine is a monocot and flowering plant. It is just commonly called as Screw pine. It grows side by rivers and streams. It helps to protect the water bodies and prevent soil erosion. The fleshy green plant is peeled into thin strips are dried in the sun and then diagonally plated to create mats and more products.
Screw pine craft at Thrissur – Thrissur a revenue district of Kerala is situated in the central part of the state. The place for its rich cultural heritage is called as cultural capital of Kerala.
Screw pine is a core natural resource of Trissur from which the people of screw pine growing region make use of the plant to enrich their living. The natural resources are collected from the people and processed. There are so many products that can be produced from screw pine leaves and the roots are also used to make paintbrushes. The leaves are very widely used in producing variety of products. The leaves are hand weaved and the products are very suitable to use, as they are eco-friendly and the dye colors what goes in coloring the leaves contain chemicals in very small amount and which doesn’t affect the environmental protection.