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.

The blacksmiths of Rajasthan are called lohars. The Hindu blacksmiths are divided into broad groups --- gadias and the malwias. Artists at Jaisalmer and Tillonia make animal figures, stands and...
In creating metalwork combination of copper, brass and white lead is used today. In the olden days gold and silver were to more added alloys. Karnataka have artisans practicing sheet metal craft and...
The southern State of India, Tamil Nadu, is the foremost centre for bronze casting where images cast conform to the Pallava, Chola, Pandyan and Nayaka periods. The Stapathis or artisans claim direct...
Sarguja is the key place for the malars of Chhattisgarh whereas Raipur is the alternative place for the malars after chhattisgarh. Here the direct coating of wax is an alternative to beeswax. Beeswax...
The city of lush green fields and warriors display beautiful work of metal almost in every field. Locals have large hearts so are their utensils. Traditional utensils like thalis(thick broad plates),...
Charakku, is made of bell-metal and is one of the largest cooking vessels. The surface of the vessel is made up of old gold tint which maintains its original colour and luster. Charakku does not...
A wide variety of lamps are used during rituals in homes and temples of Tamil Nadu. The deepam or lamp is the most noteworthy of the metalware made and the type of lamps include aarthi/votive lamps,...
Brass and copper take a special place in Goa. Traditionally it is used in the marriage ceremonies as well in other works. Copper vessels are gifted to girls in their marriages. Vessel called hando is...
Nachiarkoil in Thanjavur is a famous cemtre for metal-casting primarily because of the rich source of sand found on the banks of the Kavery River which is excellent for moulding. A large variety of...
Rajasthan is famous for its quality silver work. The silversmiths make products such as spice boxes, rose-water sprinklers, caskets, hukkas and highly-carved silver furniture. Intricate metal etching...
The ironsmiths or lohars of Kondagaon village in Bastar have been engaged in iron craft for generations together and indulge in making of farm implements, lamps and other household objects. The...
Metal-casting is done by the community of nomadic craftsmen called malhores who move from place to place collecting old brass scrap and casting images of gods and goddesses and other items such as...
Dhokra metal casting of Orissa is synonymous with the traditional craft of bell metal or brass. It is a typical tribal art form and practiced by tribal families. The dokhra metal casting craft is...
Ghadwas are the crafts persons involved in casting bronze casting articles. These craftspersons are scattered all over the region. Jharas of Raigarh, Malars of Sarguja, Swarnakaras of Tikamgarh are...
Aranmula is a small village near Chengannur in Kerala and is renowned for making a special type of metallic mirrors with bell metal, an alloy of copper and tin. It is believed that a divine...
Copper ware is a traditional craft of Maharashtra which is practised in Ambernath, Thana, Kalyan, and Nasik. The wide range of copper articles produced at the units here include perforated...