Rare Palmleaf Manuscripts (Thaliyola) for sale
Palm leaves were used as writing materials in South Asia and in Southeast Asia dating back to the 5th century BCE,
and possibly much earlier.They were used to record actual and mythical narratives. Initially knowledge was passed
down orally, but after the invention of alphabets and their diffusion throughout South Asia, people eventually began
to write it down in dried and smoke treated palm leaves of Palmyra palm or talipot palm.
In olden days only a section of people specialized in writing on palm leaves. Knowledge in written form was passed on by copying the text from old manuscripts to new manuscripts. At present, very few people know the technique of writing on palm leaves; the tradition has come to an end. The practice doesn’t exist as people no more understand what’s written on the palm leaves. Some even throw the manuscripts in the river without making a copy of it. Thus some of the most valuable resources and knowledge are lost forever.