Nettoor Petti or Amadapetti: Aristocratic, aesthetic, a labour of love
The Nettur Petti is the traditional jewel box of Kerala. It is named after the place of its origin, Nettur, a quaint village near Kozhikode. This jewel box, traditionally used by the women of aristocratic families, is a wonderful mix of beauty and efficacy.
Each stage of the production of this handcrafted wooden box requires skillful labour, absolute dedication and dexterity. The boxes are made from rosewood and other country woods. The decorative brass elements and the ornate pyramidal lid adds to its beauty and grandeur. The highly intricate and ornamental work in the exterior of Nettur Petti is inspired by the temple architecture and traditional art forms of Kerala
- Is the box made of pure rosewood?
Yes, of course. It is made of the finest rosewood.
- How is Amadapetti made?
The Nettoor petti is made according to the principles of Thachushastram, Kerala’s ancient architectural science. Every box comprises 7 pieces of wood in its lower half and 4 parts in its top half, cut to accurate measurements using specific tools. High-quality Rosewood or Mahogany wood is sourced from around the state and polished to perfection for days before they are put to use. The wood is fixed together with nails, that are made exclusively by hand. The box is then painted with earth colours inspired by Kerala murals. The next intricate piece of detailing – bright brass elements – are also hand crafted. The delicately designed brass work artistically covers the corners and is also used to make the elaborate lock of the box.
- Can I get a custom-made Amadapetti?
Yes of course. These boxes can be custom-made by using specific embellishments, size according to the choice of the customer.