Making of Kattai Ornaments

The Poor Man’s Jewelry

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Kattaikkuttu derives its name from the traditional ornamentation worn by its principal royal, divine and demonic characters. These ornaments are referred to as kaṭṭai (கட்டை), which means “wood”. They are made out of wood of the kalyana murungai or Indian coral tree, decorated with traditional motifs that use glass and mirror work. Kattai symbolize the heroism and royalty of its wearers.

Making kattai ornaments is a craft that is taught at the Kattaikkuttu Gurukulam.