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Brass and Bell metal Works

Brass and Bell metal Works

Bellmetal ware occupies a pride of place in the history of Odisha. The artisans of Brass and Bellmetal are traditionally called "Kansari". They propagate ancient and modern method of manufacturing utensils and decorative items which are of traditional shape. These items are used in temples and houses for religious and other purposes. The flexible brass fish of Ganjam, the cute brass figurine of Khalisahi, the brass and bellmetal wares of Cuttack, Khurda, Dhenkanal, Jajpur and Sambalpur are typical examples of Odisha's metal ware, presenting a syntax of beauty and utility. These products are manufactured in the traditional process of heating and beating. Every brass and bellmetal utensil with its shape and metal composition has got its own characteristic.

In couple of decades, this traditional craft activity has received a great set-back, because of shift of demand for steel, aluminium and plastic products. For sustainable development of this craft, product diversification with introduction of appropriate technology is inevitable.


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Muslin Fabric

This gossamer light muslin fabric has found mention in the writings of many visitors to India, even as far back as the 3rd century B.C. A great deal of muslin was produced in and exported from Bengal. Dacca was the main region where cotton was cultivated due to the high humidity of the region, which prevented the delicate thread from breaking on contact with the air. The cotton spun was very white since the Brahmaputra and the Ganges Rivers have bleaching properties. The chikan workers in Bengal used this fine muslin for embroidery.

Stitches in Chikankari

Double-Star Earring, Peacock Feather's Eye, Sidhual, Makra, Mandarzi, Bulbulchashm, Tajmahal, Phooljali, Phanda, Dhoom, Gol, murri, Janjeera, Keel, Kangan, Bakhia, Dhania Patti, lambi Murri, Kapkapi, Karan Phool, Bijli, Ghaspatti, Rozan, Meharki, Kaj, Chameli, Chane ki Patti, Balda, Jora, Pachni, Tapchim Kauri, Hathkati and Daraj of various types.