Kerala has the tradition of making beautiful handicrafts with ivory, bamboo, palm leaves, seashells, wood, coconut shells, clay, cloth, metals, stone etc. Many old handicraft classics can be seen in Palaces, old heritage homes, museums, etc. The artists are experts in making beautiful flower vases, ash trays, ornamental plates, jewel boxes, miniature boats, elephants, idols, kathakali masks, embroidery works etc. Handicrafts in Kerala are very popular world over. Kerala handicrafts have a great demand in the country and abroad.
The Aranmula Kannadi is a unique example of Kerala handicrafts. Aranmula Kannadi is a metal mirror and glass is not used. It is mysterious in its creation and beauty. The secret of the creation and art of Aranmula mirror is closely guarded by a few families in Aranmula, and it is handed over from generation to generation. The Rig Veda, the oldest Veda, has mentioned about this magical mirror.
The ornaments and costumes for classical art forms are made by expert artists in handicrafts. The art forms like Kathakali, Theyyam, Mudiyettu, Koodiyattam etc require a lot of costumes which are traditionally made by experts. These costumes are made out of traditional materials.
Kerala is famous state for its bamboo products like coir mattresses, painting adorned mats, floor furnishings and a host of other colorful and eco-friendly products. Kollam and Calicut are renowned for coir products.
The ivory carving is another example of the traditional art of Kerala. The craftsmen often use buffalo horns for their art. Talented artists would perform wonders in ivory.