Art and Craft of Andaman and Nicobar Islands


24 June 2024

1. Crossbows

Crossbows are known to tourists as a novelty, which attracts interest. The practitioners of this art and craft of Andaman and Nicobar Islands use grooved wooden beams in the middle with iron loops.

2. Coconut Shells

Many decorative and ornamental items are made from coconut shells. Among these are jewellery, finger bowls, and table lamps.

3. Wood Craft

Ornamental wood, such as marblewood, ‘paduk,’ and ‘chui’ is quite popular for creating showpieces, figures of people or other creatures, and other items.

4. Cane And Bamboo

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are also well-known for their cane and bamboo crafts, which are typically made from products imported from Kerala and Andhra Pradesh.

5. Palm Mats

Palm trees are common in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. These trees are a rich source of palm fibre, which is used to make palm mats. Palm mats are used as seating mats or doormats.

6. Shell Crafting

Shell crafting makes musical instruments, and jewellery like bracelets and bangles, as well as decorative pieces like showpieces, ashtrays, boxes, and table lamps.