Tuesday, 23 April 2013

uru making / ship building in Kerala

Beypore in Kozhikode district is the major centre for making urus in Kerala.The name uru is associated with the traditional ship building culture of Kerala. The art and science of making these ships came from the Arab world. Centuries ago, Arab traders traced their way to the spice-scented shores of Kerala. And after coming to know about the availability of good timber in the forests of Kerala and also the presence of skilled craftsmen in ship building, the Arab merchants began to place orders for constructing dhows (urus) . It demands hard labour and the dexterous hands of craftsmen to build an uru. This seagoing vessel is made of wood and is built by joining planks of good quality timber.
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