Kohl or Kajal is an old cosmetic used to augment the beauty of eyes. In Kerala kohl is known popularly as kanmashi. Featured in this video is the traditional methodology used to prepare Kohl. A wick is made of clean white muslin cloth which is then dipped in a nilavilakku filled with sesame oil. An earthen lid or roof tile is held over the lighted nilavilakku and the soot is obtained which is then mixed with sesame oil to get kohl. The kohl thus obtained is kept in a dry box which can be used further to line the rim of your eyelid. Compared to the cosmetic eyeliners available in the market kohl is safer and is ideal for the health of our eyes.