“Mulayam” is done to soften the kerries by spraying required quantity of water to the dried leaves under supervision. Grading of leaves, and “binding” is done by skilled binders who use wooden “khunti” to sort and bundle the leaves. Nearly 24 lakh person days are generated in Kendu leaf processing involving payment of about Rs. 50 crores to binders.
Moisturising by spraying machines
Compression of Leaves