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Nettipattam is a glittering ornament that adorns the forehead of an elephant. The gold color of the Nettipattam makes it an eye-catching item during the festivals of Kerala.

Around three and a half kilograms of copper and three sovereigns (24 gm) of gold go into the making of a nettipattam. It takes around 20 days to craft this ornament. The size of the nettipattam varies with that of the elephant. An elephant of 9 to 10 ft in height would require an ornament of 60 to 66 inch in length with at least 11 crescents on it.

Nettipattam is primarily made in Thiruvankulam village of Ernakulam District and the adjoining areas of Thrissur.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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