Royal Commonwealth Society : Spinning coconut fibre

Royal Commonwealth Society

<p>This album was given to the Royal Colonial Institute by India’s High Commissioner, Atul C. Chatterjee, on behalf of his government. Its dedication reads, 'These photographs, illustrating life and scenes in India, are presented in the hope that they will help to make the land and the people of the Indian Empire better known and understood.’</p><p>The fibre extracted from the husk of both ripe and unripe cocoanuts had many historic applications. It was used to make floor mats, doormats, brushes, mattresses, string and fishing nets. Indian sailors also employed it as rope and cordage to rig their ships.</p><p>See Janus record <a target='_blank' class='externalLink' href='https://janus.lib.cam.ac.uk/db/node.xsp?id=EAD%2FGBR%2F0115%2FY3022X'>here</a></p>


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