MEET THE
METAL ARTISANS.

We can all agree that the past year has been an absolutely challenging one - we have all have had our own obstacles to work through during these uncertain times.

 

That being said- it has also been a time that has brought humanity closer to one another.

Due to the lockdown, there has been a huge decline in work and income for artisans across India, and this is taking its toll and strain as the lockdown effects in India stretch into 2021- it was one of the longest and strictest lockdowns globally and its true effects are yet to be seen.

The fear artisans have on their minds is not so much the immediate future, but the situation beyond lockdown restrictions- when everything resumes to a "normal" pace, will there be enough work for them?

Will customers commission artisans for work? And will designers collaborate together to create new products that are unique and special?

 

Bombay Atelier's focus is on sharing knowledge about the lesser known metal crafts of India.

 

Just as our Kulfi table was beautifully hand made by artisans in Northern India & Maharastra, there are many other crafts people working on painstakingly hand made objects across India.

Every Kulfi table purchased allows us to give 20% of proceeds towards the artisan communities listed below. 

Get to know more about these amazing  crafts and know that by purchasing your hand crafted Kulfi table , you are making a difference to the craft community, one dessert at a time! 

 

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DAMASCENING

RAJASTHAN

KOFTGARI

A craft that brought out the beauty in war.

 

Originating in India in the 16th century, the art of Koftgari was utilized to adorn and decorate weapons and armor. The term Koftgari is an Arabic term that means damascene (from Damascus) work in which steel is inlaid with gold.

 

What’s incredible about this art form is how a thin wire can create the most intricate and beautiful patterns on metal! In fact, Koftgari has been re-attempted at by various countries outside of India-  however, with little to no success.

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BEATING

WEST BENGAL

BEATING

WEST BENGAL & ORISSA

KANSA

Often referred to as the wonder metal, Kansa is one of the many glorious outcomes of the Ayurvedic age.

 

It has extensive healing properties to the extent that the simple act of eating and drinking from Kansa vessels can have phenomenal benefits for your health and wellbeing.

 

COPPERWARE

KASHMIR

KANDKARI

Kandkari is the local term for beautiful Kashmiri copperware.

 

Kashmir is the epicenter of craft, heritage, and beauty, and so it doesn’t come as a surprise that Kandkari, this rich copper-metal craft, finds its origins in this charming valley.

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NAQQASHI

ENGRAVING

LUCKNOW

Naqqashi is another beautiful craft of metal engraving weaved with a rich, royal history. Mostly prevalent in Lucknow, Naqqashi is being practiced by artisans here for over generations.

 

The designs are intricate, royal, and have an ethereal Nawabi nuance that is bound to take one back to the bygone era of Nawabs and their grandeur.

INLAY

KARNATAKA

BIDRI

Bidri is a striking art of inlay that uses local Bidri Fort clay to create stunning gold and silver designs on jet black metal- a tribute to the very earth it is created from. 

This unique artwork was originally gifted by Persian artists and introduced to Indians in the 14th century under the Bahamani Sultans.

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THATHERA

As you walk the streets of Jandiala Guru, you are welcomed by the 'thak thak' sound of hammering of utensils.

 

Metalwork is not simply a form of livelihood for Thatheras, but it defines their family and kinship structure, work ethic and status within the social hierarchy of the town.

HAMMERING

PUNJAB