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Coconut: The Art of Coconut Craft Perfect Paperback – December 7, 2009
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About the Author
Vijaydatta Lotlikar originally from Pilerne (Bardez, in Goa, India), was the first to start the coconut shell art in his family, whose ancestral profession is that of goldsmiths. Being the son of a goldsmith, he too helped his father, along with his two elder brothers. They ran a jewellery shop in Mapusa, where he developed his skill in the field and started ornament-plating with gold, which was then in much demand. In time, he completed his B.Sc (IInd Year) at Panjim, and a diploma in electronics. On the side, he found himself getting more interested in the field of coconut shell craft. It gave him pleasure, and he found the product only proved his creativity. He is a man of principles, and stays in Parra (Bardez), while he works at St Xavier's High School in Moira, Goa. He stays with his wife and son. Lotlikar started this art way back in the early 1990s, and given the goldsmith background, was able to practice his art on coconut shells with the tools he already had. Today, this art has turned into a pride of Goa. One can get lost in admiration of the beautiful, delicate art-work that emerges from his hands. There are many different items he produces from his skilled hands -- candle-sticks, statues of Hindu deities, as many as 500 different styles of crosses, necklaces, cutlery, and more. Lotlikar says he got an order from a hotel for a thousand cup-and-saucer sets. Since then, this art has influenced the hotels' owner, who has worked to replaced China clay cutlery with this Goan art. Besides this, he has also created back-scratchers, and water bottles --- which are incidentally kept cool by wrapping a glass bottle with fine ropes of coconut fibre. Lotlikar has also created toys, a small table stand, glass tops, and the like. All this fine work is done by himself and his nuclear family. He has already taken part in some 250 exhibitions, and won many prizes and rewards. One moment of pride came when he entered the Limca Book of Indian Records (2003), a spot he attained for creating the tallest coconut shell-crafted oil lamp. This has a weight of eight kilograms, it has a height of 20 x 15 inches, and costs a reasonable Rs 1800. He has done some probing and prepared agarbathis and incense sticks to protect one from mosquitoes. For this task, he involved some poor women to help in their preparation, thus helping them get a daily wage too. His work is tedious, yet Lotlikar dedicates himself to make our history more interesting for the generations to come. Lotlikar's craft is a true wealth-from-waste hobby. The outer shell of the coconut is used for fuel, its powder is mixed in gum and used as paste for joining shell pieces. While the coconut kernel is used for food, its outer shell is dried and polished for art work. Also, the tender coconut shell art is also used as white pieces for the art when needed. His son Aniket Lotlikar has also shown an interest and developed his skills on the barren coconut (called the bondo in Goa). He has studied bio-tech and done research on pesticides for infected coconuts. Lotlikar is keen to train youth and offer courses in schools and institutions for 20 days in a year. He also makes best use of his precious time. (This profile was written by Sr Maria S Colaço, FSMA, of Jyoti Niwas, Canca-Parra.)
Top customer reviews
One would expect a "crafting" book to give you an A-to-Z lesson in HOW to create crafts from coconuts, but this book is woefully inadequate,,, so inadequate in fact, that I've begun writing my own book that DOES cover all areas that this book failed to cover and provide!!