Jorhat, September 09: What do we do with the shells after we eat a coconut? Throw them? Burn them? What else? Nothing that we can think of!
However, this guy from Lichubari, Jorhat has utilised what we consider as scrap to create amazing pieces of art. The name of his production unit is DAZZLE CRAFT.
The person we are talking about is Sagir Ahmed, who started working on coconut crafts as a hobby. He was an electrical contractor by profession but soon changed lines after his hobby turned into his new profession.
Sagir Ahmed with his creations
His aunt and well known artist Saleha Ahmed and Alakesh Parasar advised him to start production commercially and since then, there has been no looking back for him. He started his first sale in a Bohagi Mela in Jorhat, where he got tremendous response. A reporter friend of his, Dipanjit Changmai, who is also involved in organising fairs, got him a contract from Naharkatia which turned out to be a turning point in Sagir’s life. He started collecting more shells; even appointed people for the same.
There is more sale locally, says Sagir in a rendezvous with Team UniTreed. “There is also sale via Facebook, people contact me. I have also registered in Amazon.in and ebay.com, however the sale will start after I am done with all the GST formalities” he adds.
“Now the situation is that there is more demand than supply. Production has to be increased” he says proudly.
It must be mentioned that his creations are also bought by tea estates for packaging. He has also undergone a five-day training on coconut shell jewellery art at NEDFI Khetri, Guwahati. He also gets contracts from Mumbai and is also associated with an art studio in Tezpur.
“In Assam, people eat the coconut and throw away the shell. If people like us get those shells, it helps in our economic stability. I want to create awareness among the people and would like to request everyone to not throw the coconut shells as they have good value too. So that youths can learn the craft as it is a valuable business, which I have experienced myself. I urge everyone to spread this awareness that our Assam coconut shell is not useless” he adds.
It must also be noted that he has been nominated for the Balipara Foundation Awards, 5th Season under the category of “Naturenomics Award”, for his contribution towards imitating nature’s way of letting nothing to go waste, using the humble coconut shell to manufacture an expanding variety of useful, environmentally friendly products.
Sagir Ahmed is also ready to help and teach his craft to the interested youth of Assam and also elsewhere.
Team UniTreed wishes Sagir all the success in his entrepreneurial journey.