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Longest coir mat to find place in Guinness book
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Feb '10
Travancore Cocotuft (P) Ltd, which is an export-oriented unit at the Coir Park in Thiruvizha, unveiled a 333.3 ft long handloom coir doormat. It is the world's longest coir mat, claims the company. This coir mat is expected to find a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.

The doormat is an outcome of four-month effort of four workers consuming 4,70,000 coir tufts, inserted between alternate wefts of coir yarn. Total cost of this, 101.6 meters long, 1.2 meters wide and 30 mm thick mat, is over Rs 400,000. It weighs around 999 kg, informed Mr. P Mahadevan, CEO of the firm.

This mat will be displayed at the exhibition to be organized on the occasion of the golden jubilee celebration of Central Coir Research Institute (CCRI) at Kalavoor which will be inaugurated by Union Minister of State for MSME Mr. Dinsha Patel. Coir Minister Mr. G Sudhakaran will also be present during the program.

This longest doormat is an idea of Mr. Mahadevan, inspired by Alappuzha BDS project of SIDBI executed by Cluster Pulse. As the coir industry is facing number of challenges such as raw material shortage and lack of skilled workforce because of labour migration, it seeks attention from the authorities, and drawing authorities' attention towards the sector is the key objective of industry entrepreneurs, said the CEO.

The mat will be exhibited at the Buckingham Palace and will also be presented before President Ms. Pratibha Patil, and finally, be offered to the Coir Museum, he informed.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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