Edricia Farm, Siolim, North Goa, is hosting a workshop on the traditional Goan art of weaving coconut palm leaves. The workshop will be held on July 9, 2023 (and on every Saturday).
Sabina Da Cunha, from Parra, will be the resource person for the workshop, which is open to people of all age groups.
KEEPING TRADITION ALIVE
Through these workshops, founder of Edricia Farm, Tanya Carvalho Fernandes, endeavours to encourage traditional Goan arts, as well as artists, in a bid to keep these traditions alive and also educate the present generation about the work, skills and creativity of our ancestors.
Back in the day, such woven sheets, fabricated from palm leaves (called mol'lam in Konkani) had multipurpose uses, including functioning as ‘raincoats’ for farmers working in fields; walls of huts and shelters etc.
The material to produce these items was eco-friendly, biodegradable, easily available and in plenty, and was inexpensive since coconut leaves were found all over Goa, thus making production costs virtually free of cost.
Nowadays, this natural ‘sheet’ has been replaced by more convenient plastic sheets, raincoats, tarpaulin etc, even though these are far less pocket-friendly than the former.
Currently, one of few places where woven coconut mol'lam can be seen is adorning many beach shacks, although this fills a more aesthetic, rather than functional purpose.
WHERE: Edricia Farm, Bamon Vaddo, Siolim
WHEN: Every Saturday (including July 9, 2023)
TIMINGS: 4 pm to 6 pm
FEES: ₹ 300
AGE LIMIT: Nil
CONTACT: +91 98224 85296