Kochi: The pets in Kochi can rejoice over a different reason this Onam. They will get Onakkodi (the special Onam dress gift) from their owners and those who love them.
In support of the handloom challenge announced by the State Government, the looms in Balaramapuram are rolling out 100 percent handloom dresses for pet dogs and cats. The pet shop ‘Just Dogs’ at Panampilli Nagar in Kochi is showcasing these different dresses for the two pet genders.
The male dogs and cats will get kasavu shirts with golden borders in the typical Kerala style, while ‘girls’ will get tops with a kasavu bow tie. Other dresses too are lined up at the shop, including Bandhanas and bow ties. The price is in the range of Rs 399 to Rs 2299.
‘Just Dogs’ partner Abe Sam Thomas said the pets’ Onakkodi has been brought to the market in tie-up with the kids brand Mirali Clothing.
Mr Abe Sam Thomas said that the extraordinary bonding created between pets and humans during these Covid-19 days prompted them to roll out Onakkodis for pets too. “We are passing through a phase where almost all family members keep themselves indoors almost 24x7. Hence our bonding with the pets has become so strong. The sale of pets at the pet shops too has gone really up. Pets wearing cute dresses is not anything new, but Onakkodi for pets is here for the first time,” he said.
In certain parts of Thrissur district, there is a practice of showing ‘Vishukkani’ to cows and dogs during Vishu and placing Thrikkakaraappan (A clay object representing Lord Vamana) in the manger during Onam. “However, in the changing times, we thought there is a need to take the pets to the Onam celebration in full measure so that it fills the family environment with fun, enjoyment and love,” said Mr. Abe Sam Thomas. The Onakkodi will be delivered anywhere in India, he added. For details, contact: 9633011711.