Puttur: We normally come across products made of embroidery, crocheting and knitting during exhibitions and trade fairs. Yashodara, a teacher by profession at a school in Santyaru village in Puttur has a special inclination to make decorative articles using strong nodes of paddy plants.
Yashodara, originally a resident of Byndoor near Kundapur, is now settled in Mukrampady area of Puttur town. Inclined towards the works of art since childhood, Yashodara wanted to create something unique on her own. To convert her imagination’ into masterpieces she used full grown raw paddy plants (which remain green at the time of harvest).
Using those she weaves ropes, baskets, Diwali lamp shades (Goodu Deepas) and welcome arches for the entrance of temples. This activity without any commercial interest keeps her busy and has helped her win accolades from various fora.
Few of her students have exhibited her products at many regional exhibitions and once in the nation’s capital, New Delhi. She also makes wide variety of products using cane which are used as standard measures by rural folk and face masks out of coconut branches.
Yashodara uses paddy plants available at harvest time (months of October-November) and takes around four hours to complete her handmade project.
Yashodhara’s handmade products find acceptance from buyers including institutions and temple trusts. This year she had made an exclusive piece for the entrance of Mahalingeshwara temple in Puttur. With paddy having both cultural and traditional attachment with the lives of people, product promotion has not been difficult for teacher Yashodhara. Varnish can be applied on the cleaned surfaces of her finished products to preserve them for many years, she says.
Her other hobbies include growing organic vegetables in the little area around her house including Okra, tomato, long beans and brinjal among others which she feels is sufficient for her home needs.