Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Traditional Handicrafts...

These colourful wall hangining's made out of vetiver grass are attractive enought to catch your attention... the Handicraft products made from vetiver leaves include:
(i) handy accessories such as bags, hats, belts ,
(ii) containers such as baskets, pots, boxes, utility bowls,
(iii) decorating materials such as clocks, picture frames, lamp shades, dolls, animal figures, flowers; and
(iv) home appliances such as chairs, stools, room partitions, tables.
It has been well known since ancient times that vetiver possesses aromatic roots. A pleasant aroma is released from vetiver root dug from the soil and hanged in the shade. In India the dried roots are used to give fragrance to linen clothes while the root mass is used as a blind to cool down the heat of the summer, especially in northern India (Sastry, 1998). The blind, known as ‘Tatti’, is woven from the wiry, fibrous root of vetiver. The vetiver blind is continually doused with water throughout the day, turning the hot wind into a scented cooling breeze, which passes through the soaked vetiver blind, releasing a bitter-sweet aroma. The scented vetiver roots are also used for making fans, cloth hangers, and are mixed with other kind of flower scents and leaves for making sachets. Refer..

7 comments:

Mandi Tue Jan 16, 06:50:00 PM GMT+5:30  

Very creative and colourful.

Keropok Man Tue Jan 16, 07:41:00 PM GMT+5:30  

This post is so informative.

How pretty those handiworks.

Ribamar Arag√£o Tue Jan 16, 08:14:00 PM GMT+5:30  

Very good!!!

10!!!

Louz Wed Jan 17, 07:50:00 AM GMT+5:30  

Found the post informative too. I especially like the idea of the scented cool air coming from the blind. Nice photo of the handicraft work.

R.A. Levin Wed Jan 17, 08:34:00 PM GMT+5:30  

Not to mention Khusa (Vetiver) Ice Cream! Delicious! :)

Rajesh Dangi Thu Jan 18, 03:56:00 PM GMT+5:30  

Thanks folks...

Levin, I am yet to taste that! where would you get it? is it there in Bangalore?

R.A. Levin Fri Jan 19, 11:29:00 AM GMT+5:30  

I'm not sure which state or area it's most likely to be found in.
If you can find an ice cream shop that makes their own, or find the flavouring grade Khusa (Vetiver) used for sweets and such. The latter applies if you're lucky enough to have a kitchen gadget that makes ice cream.