Coir

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The history explains different stories on the birth of the golden fibre.

The first recorded history of coconut in the country dates back to Ramayana period.In the Valmiki Ramayana there are references of coconut in the Kishkindha Kanda and Aranya Kanda. It is reported that Ramayana was written by Valmiki sometimes in 3rd Century BC. Generally it is believed that coconut was introduced in India during the post-Vedic period.

Mr. James Darragh
Mr. Henry Smail

In the Valmiki Ramayana there are references of coconut in the Kishkindha Kanda and Aranya Kanda. It is reported that Ramayana was written by Valmiki sometimes in 3rd Century BC. Generally it is believed that coconut was introduced in India during the post-Vedic period.

References have been made on coconut in Raghuvamsa of Kalidasa and Sangam literatures, which proves the antiquity of the coconut in India. But its origin in India remains disputed. But Marco Polo, the famous Arab traveler who visited India in the 13th Century called coconut "Indian Nut" and the logic for such a reference needs investigation by historians. Shri. P. K. Balakrishnan, a Kerala historian argues that organised coconut cultivation started in Kerala only after the arrival of the Portugese.

Ropes and cordage, made out of coconut fibre have been in use from ancient times. Indian navigators, who sailed the seas to Malaya, Java, China and to the Gulf of Arabia centuries ago, had been using coir as their ship's cables. Arab writers of the 11 th Century AD referred to the extensive use of coir as ship's cables, fenders and for rigging. Facts record that there was coir industry in UK before the 2nd half of the 19 th Century. During the year 1840, Captain Widely, in co-operation with Captain Logan and Mr. Thomas Treloar, founded the well-known carpet firms of Treloar and Sons in Ludgate Hill, England for the manufacture of coir into various fabrics suitable for floor coverings.

The coir manufacturing industry...
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