In Keyodhoo School, students were taught to make souvenirs using coir. The school showcased their works on twitter yesterday.
Coir, a natural fiber extracted from the husk of coconut, is an important part of the Maldivian culture and traditions. It is used in products such as floor mats, doormats, brushes and mattresses.
Our ancestors mainly made mats kunaa through coconut coir weaving and joali fathi, traditional chair. Materials from coir turn out to be extremely durable as it is resistant to rot and fungus. So it works well in situations where it comes in contact with water.
This initiative taken by the school is important and extremely beneficial for the students. Developing arts and crafts in a country where tourism is rapidly growing will be productive. These souvenirs reflect the local culture and hence will generate high income from tourists.