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.
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.