Metal

Metal
The art of creating a piece of utility or artistic item by the use of various metals. Though, iron in its various forms(cast iron, wrought iron, steel, etc.) is the most commonly used metal for utility products, Aluminum, copper and tin are not far behind. They many instances they are used in combinations as various alloys. The metal Gold occupies a very special place in the world of metallurgy and has been in use traditionally due to its availability in the pure form. Most extensive usage is the form of jewelry. Silver, copper and aluminum are also very widely used in the handicraft sector. Metals are used by the process of casting or molding. Sheets and wires of metals can easily be drawn due to the malleable and ductile quality and finds high application in the art and crafts.

Thewa is a craft practised by a few craftsmen who specialise in the art of fusing filigreed gold sheets on to glass. The craft of thewa is still practised by hereditary craftspersons in the small...
The craft of Bidri or inlay on metal originated in Persia, the motifs are leaves and floral designs of Persian and Mughal art, executed with the delicacy as seen in Mughal designs. Today this unique...
Copper bells or chimes are made in many different sizes and has multi uses. There is a gong fitted in the centre of the bell which produces the musical sound when moved or shaken. Noted Artisans:...
Metal craft is very old in this state. It is carried in the traditional way using the cire perdue , lost wax method. The temples have attractive display of this art and it speaks volume of the...
Karimnagar in Andhra Pradesh has highly skilled artists practicing the delicate craftsmanship of filigree. Spoons, buttons cigarette cases, boxes, ashtrays, buttons pill boxes, jewelry, paandans and...
The metal craft of Madhya Pradesh in the Betul district is done by the filling method or the ancient cire-perdue process. This casting method of making different utensils, animals, birds and other...
Sagar, pranpur , Datia and Bastar are the craft centers for this tribal craft. Figures of the tribal deities such as Sitalamata, Kalikankalin, Mahadeo, Birabai and many more are made in the...
Metal craft of Manipur has not flourished to big trade and remains limited to local surroundings. There are number of metal items made apart from the regular ones. Artists here design products in...
The hill artisans at Gangtok make stunning statues of lord Buddha in almost all the sizes. These are bronze and brass images and are found in the Buddhist monasteries. Other metal items include...
Brass, copper and silver sheets are all used in crafting the articles. The product range includes utensils and art ware, hanging lamps, table tops, planters and plates. Sketches of the objects are...
The creation of the Tanjore metal plate is credited to Raja Serfoji II (1797-1832), the Maratha ruler of Thanjavur (or Tanjore), who asked his royal artisans to create an object that would reflect...
The Fateh Kandal area in Jammu and Kashmir is known for copper vessels like milk containers, cooking pots, ladles with long handles, samovars for tea, hukka bases, water jugs or aftabas and...
Vandal, a light brown sand is found on the banks of the river Cauvery in Nachiarcoil, a district in Thanjavur. This sand is ideally suited for making moulds., The bell-metal workers of the state have...
Brass and metal have been in use since centuries. People have been using utensils made out of brass and metal in the kitchens. The artists also prepare decorative items which are sometime painted....
The metals mainly used in Himachal Pradesh are brass, copper, iron, tin and bell-metal while the State itself is a treasure house of metal idols enshrined in temples, villages and home altars. Ritual...
The tribals of Meghalaya are skilled artists and the khasis (tribal community) tribals are famous for their artistry skills. Metal craft is practiced by very families and is carried out only by the...
Varieties of lamps are produced in Kerala. Nelavilakku and thookuvialakku are the lamps which are made for the temples and the prayer rooms are popular all over. Lamps embellished with a peacock,...
Gujarat has ben wide range of brass objects made by the kansara community. The Khati Dablo is tiered, tapering dome-shaped round box with three legs and kotordan a large circular bowl with lid are...
Malhores, as the community is known as are the expert craftsmen. They move around in search of collecting old brass scrap and casting images of gods and goddesses
Metal craft is a family craft and the skills are passed from one generation to the other. The temples and the churches are the witnesses of this ancient craft. Metal lamps, bells, candle stands, door...
Life of the small village of Budithi in Central Srikakulam of Andhra Pradesh, revolves around making metallic cooking utensils and other contemporary items like planters, flower pots etc. The alloy...
Varanasi, Etawah and Sitapur are the best places for metal utensils. Numbers of items from utensils to ritualistic items are made such as panch patras, tamrapatras , sinhasanas and many more. Icon...
This is an age old craft and it is believed that it is almost 1,300years old. City of nawabs, Hyderabad is known for the coin metal items which are made of brass scrap. The scrap is moulded and...
In Andhra Pradesh, Bronze icon making of various Hindu deity is ancient and traditional.The craftsmen are from Dornakambala and Perumallapalli in the Chitoor district and Dowlaiswaram in East...
This is a very time consuming craft but results in attractive items. Here the craft persons melt the old scrap and the collected molten is transferred into the moulds for shaping. Metal alloy is used...