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Mat made from raw rubber

  • Object
  • Joshy Kuriankeezhe
  • Palai (Ort); Kerala (Region); Indien (Land)
  • 2018

The person who manufactured this raw rubber mat runs his own plantation in Kerala as a small entrepreneur. 80 percent of the rubber production in India comes from this southern Indian state, the beginning of which dates back to British colonial rule. In recent years most of the small businesses have been threatened by the massive import of synthetic, petroleum-based rubber. Numerous small farmers have committed suicide. Natural rubber is primarily extracted in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, India and China. Small farmers have no influence on the supply chains and global economic developments that determine the price of their goods. Their incomes fall while the demand for rubber increases.

Detailed information

HU Humboldt Lab
Object type
Original title
Joshy Kuriankeezhe
Place of origin
Palai (Ort); Kerala (Region); Indien (Land)
Raw rubber
Exhibition Format
Rights statement
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Hermann von Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Exhibition & Module
HU01 After Nature / HU01 02 Main Hall - Modern Cabinet of Curiosities / HU01 02 03 Research Objects