Known for its craftsmanship, Kerala produces innumerable creative items of sandalwood items, fibre, wood, cane, silver, stone, coir, and coconut products. The artisans make skillful use of raw materials and it is surely a treasure trove of handicrafts. The wooden kathakali souvenir masks are made with natural sustainable materials and are painted with locally available natural dyes like turmeric, rice powder and leaves of Acacia etc etc. Kerala also has a tradition of making beautiful handicrafts of bell metal, ivory and clay.
Special mention needs to be made of the "Aranmula Kannadi", a mirror not made of glass but of an alloy consisting of ten parts copper and 5.5 parts tin. The artisans of Aranmula have kept the trade secret of its manufacture, and because of its low price, makes it impossible to duplicate.
Favourite souvenir items remain the hand-crafted jewellery boxes "Nettur Peti", "Kasavu" sari (made from silver and gold dipped yarns) and ‘Aranmula Kannadi’, and sculptural pieces made from animal horns.