Brasswork of Gujarat


Originally associated with the sacred and later classified as a science, the trade of shaping metal belongs to the Kansara community. They mold brass into a variety of vessels by alternately heating and hammering metal sheets. The hammer strokes leave behind patterned indentions, enhancing the texture. Since brasswork involves hard physical labor, it is only practiced by men. Women usually polish the metal objects with tamarind to increase shine.

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