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Few sights are as evocative of the exotic as that of a stately coconut grove spreading out along a Keralan shoreline. And few sounds compare with that of the brittle leaves stumbling against one another in the tropical breeze. But this beauty is also something of a beast – the coconut is, quite literally, a tough nut to crack. (And, we can tell you from experience to the skin.) For coir is the protective, hairy layer that surrounds the nut. And extracting it is a process that takes time. Lots of it. Twelve glorious months of sunshine pass before the fruit has grown to full size.

Just before the coconuts ripen, notched tree trunks are climbed and the fruit collected by hand. The nuts are then suspended in water for up to 10 months, after which they’re beaten to separate out the fibres. Once dried, cleaned and spun into yarn, we transform this toughest of natural materials into something every bit as inviting as the setting from which it came.

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