Beedi Making in NileshwarArt and Culture, Kerala / 1 hours / View on map
‘Beedi’ or ‘Biri’ is a local cigarette that is popular in the Indian subcontinent. Beedi is tinier and less effective than the modern day cigarettes. Even though Beedis are cheaper and less effective, the preparation of Beedi Cigarettes is an art by itself. The activity of Beedi Making was one of the major cottage industries in India in the past. Even though in its declining phase, Beedi Making is still one of the major livelihood of people in Northern Kerala and elsewhere in West Bengal. The making process of Beedi can be directly experienced from the skilled labours of the Kerala Dinesh Beedi Societies in the North Kerala
₹ 1,500onwards / person
Activity Level : Easy Language : English
Starting Point : Nileshwar Ending Point : Nileshwar
Interaction with workers and understand their livelihood
Opportunity to learn a dying skill from Beedi workers
Place an order for your own Beedis to take home
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Beedi Making in Nileshwar
In the Beedi making process the Beedi leaf are dried in the sunlight and are cut into required dimensions using a scissor. The dimension of the Beedi are marked on a metal stencil sheet and cut out in the required shape. The usual stencil follows a rectangle shape with a length about 8 cm and the width about 5 cm. The leaves are cut in equal shapes to maintain the uniformity in the size of the Beedis. The Beedi leaves are hand rolled after adding the tobacco content inside them. The Beedi-making is a major cottage industry with a home-based women workforce predominantly employed only in the Beedi rolling. Workers roll an average of 500–1000 Beedis per day, handling 225–450 grams of tobacco flake. The Beedis are regarded as the Poor Man’s Cigarette! Unlike cigarettes, Beedis must be puffed frequently to keep them lit, and doing so requires effort. The Beedi can be experienced in the household of Nileshwar were in the females of the house get involved in making the tiny cigarettes during their day time after the chores of the house. Local Storytellers will impart the stories connected with roots of Beedi and Beedi Making Societies that flourished in the land of Malabar during the 20th century. The Beedi Making societies have a major role in the political identity of the region as well. Tourists can also get an insight of the livelihood of the North Kerala low class to middle class households! Restrictions ? Beedi Making involves use of Tobacco and other Nicotine contents which are drugs. ? The process requires skilled labour and patience. ? Only natural elements are used for the manufacture of Beedi. Synthetic elements or drugs may create unexpected effects on health.
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Beedi Leaves, Tobacco Flakes and Beedi Making Accessories
Insight on Beedi Making and Kerala Dinesh Beedi Workers Society in North Kerala
Tender Coconut/ Drinking Water as per the availability
1 hour Beedi Making Session and Detailing
The materials used for Beedi Making contains Nicotine content and hence the tourists are not provided with the Beedis or the raw materials unless demanded.
No Other Food will be provided.
Course books, tutorials or manuals are not provided
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