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Metal Implements of Gujarat

Endangered Crafts, Metal, Tribal Crafts

Metal Implements of Gujarat

The Luhar community of Gujarat has been skilled in making knives and swords. The knives and daggers had different sizes of blades with metal engraved hilts. The engraving was of very fine filigree work. These metal Implements are a valuable portrayal of the metal art of Gujarat even today.

The knives are made to suit the various needs of patrons such as cutting materials like plastic, paper, vegetables, textile and metallic wires.

Kaatar is an excellent example of a silver dagger with granulation design that was most likely crafted for the royalty of Gujarat.

Hichako is a popular wooden swing of Gujarat that can be seen in almost every household. The swing is held up by ornamented brass chains that are called sankal. These are made by joining several units of metallic loops together. Sankal are ornamented with human figurines and images of animals and birds with ends stylized with peacock motif.

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