Kans Dakayen - Beaten Dishes of Metal

Kans Dakayen - Beaten Dishes of Metal


Kans or kayen is the local name of an alloy of two metals - copper and tin - that is used in making dishes called dakayen. The kans metal alloys are used in making domestic utensils - such as bowls and cooking utensils - and utilitarian items such as lamp stands by the process of metal casting. Dishes hand-crafted by hammering and heating were traditionally an integral part of every household; there is reason to believe that the forging of these kans plates is a unique centuries-old technique. However, with the introduction of stainless steel tableware in recent times, these traditional kans metal dishes are gradually disappearing from most households.

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