Metal work in Gujarat makes the place one of the most desirable travel destinations of India for metal ornament collection. It has been believed that Gujarat is providing such metal crafts since Stone Age. In recent times the state tourism department has encouraged the metal work industry and made it more desirable. Ahmadabad is the city where such metal works are hugely available. Be it jewellery, home decors, vases, utensils, hangings or anything else, the city has lot to offer to the travellers.
The early story of the Metal work
As the history of Gujarat says, the metal work was started in Ahmadabad’s, one of the most important travel locations in Gujarat, rural areas in the copper and Stone Age. Since then the inhabitants and people around the state is wearing such metal ornaments made of white metal, black metal, silver and such materials. In earlier times the inhabitants used to work on silver metal only. Their fine designs and patterns have never failed to impress the buyers. Later on as the time goes by, the array of metal ornaments has gotten wider and materials like copper, bronze, white metal, black metal, iron etc have covered the market. Metal artisans in Gujarat is called Kansaras, the name is originated from the metal kansu that is bronze in Gujarati.
Metal works – Crafts
There are several processes of metal work through which artisans produce a piece of metal art. The processes are casting, imprint, hand beating, engraving and smelting and so on. As the different communities have different styles of work, people pick diverse techniques to make authentic piece of art.
Metal products – popular places
Metal products are well too common among the Gujarati people. They mostly use heavy metal ornaments (men and women both). So the most popular metal product in Gujarat is jewellery. Unlike the earlier times, the material is not restricted to silver only. Nowadays metals like iron, brass, copper, white metal, black metal and so on are also used to produce such jewellery. Apart from the diverse range of metal jewellery one can find other products like home decors, wall hangings, kitchen utensils, wind chimes, bells, flower vases, ashtrays, jewellery boxes and much more in Ahmadabad and Kutch.
As mentioned that the state has different communities across it, so they have diverse patterns and designs. One of such places of interest in Ahmadabad is Poshina where you can find such metal products with glass beads and mirror work.