The fine art of building boats
The rare art of building a traditional Kettuvallam is a dying one and known only to a few skilled boat builders in the region today. We take pride in knowing that the sanctity of this unique hand craft -employing local materials and unusual ingredients like fish oil - continues to flourish in this age that is slowly giving way to the mechanised and digital.
Split bamboo and coir roof
The traditional Kettuvallam, and their present day avatars plying the Vembanad lake today, use bamboo splinters and coir roping to create a homogeneously curved roof with tremendous aesthetic impact. The roof splits ingeniously to create window flaps on the sides.
Regular repair and maintenance is a requirement to keep the Kettuvallam made from traditional materials in water.What is interesting is that these boats are put back in after a final touch of fish oil on the wooden hull.