More than 10,000 women from over 2,000 Kudumbasree collectives recently gathered at the Malabar Christian College grounds. Under a massive makeshift stage covering an area of 60,000 sq feet, the Kudumbasree members made 2,021 pookalams (traditional floral carpets), thereby entering the Limca Book of Records.
Irrespective of their age, these women from different collectives, clad in traditional settu mundu attire, reached the venue early in the morning and started with arranging the floral carpets. Almost 15 tonnes of flowers including marigold, jasmine, arali, chrysanthemum, vadamalli, and tube rose were used, reports Mathrubhumi. The officials of the Limca Book of Records, present at the venue to judge the contest, will soon be issuing certificates to all women who participated in the rare feat.
Kerala's Kudumbasree mission is the largest women movement in Asia with a membership of 41 lakh women from the state. These women form collectives and participate in various initiatives aimed at better health, better education, and better social and economic status of women in the state. "In collective functioning, if one person falls behind, the others will help her manage," a Kudumbashree member told P Sainath in an interview for BBC.