|In January 2010 I formally begin my final year diploma project for craft and design with KHAMIR (Kachchh Heritage, Arts and Craft, Music and Integrated Resources) a registered organization and craft resource center situated in Kachchh, Gujarat, India. . During this trip, I was able to visit and learn about a variety of Gujarat’s craft process, techniques and tradition. I studied and enjoyed my experience with one specific product of craft – that is Metal bells. I have a faint memory of my childhood when my grandfather used to take me to the village, where I heard music while the cow’s walked on the road, now it make sense to me it was nothing other than the bell tied around their neck.
As metal craft jargon is complicated, I will attempt to present it in a way that is easy to use and handy for the reader, potential buyer, marketers, and student of crafts and more specifically for the bell metal makers. Bell metal is my core focus area for specialization for my diploma project funded by Khamir and supported by Indian Institute of Craft and Design, Jaipur. This research talks about pros and cons and opportunity within the bell metal market; moreover it also focus on some of the sensitive issue within the industry.
BELL METALBrief History Many people know that Metal craft originated in Kachchh however it is believed that it is originated in Sindh (Now in Pakistan after the Indo-Pak partition in 1947). Currently, most of the Meta...