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Kansa / Bronze Serving Bowl Large With Lid and Ladle
- Kansa usage dates back to thousands of years and have been an integral part of many households till recent years.
- Kansa Basana as it is known traditionally was used in every household across Orissa, MP, Maharashtra and most parts of North India .
- Ayurveda has documented immense health benefits of using kansa vessel in day-to-day food preparation and serving.
- The traditional kansa utensil is washed clean and freshly prepared food is stored in them. The same is offered to Gods during prayers and later consumed.
- The artisan cluster located in Orissa has a rich tradition dating back to the days when Puri Jagannath temple was enshrined.
- The process of making starts with making metal ingots with 85% copper and 15% tin mixture. The ingot are then repeatedly heated and beaten by a group of artisans to specific shapes. .
- The finer finishing are done using lighter hammers and then a coating of salt and clay applied to firm up the metal.
- Once cooled, the kansa ware is worked with fine hammers and lathe work to give the shine and finish. It takes 4-5 hours to make one Kansa ware. .
- This highly skilled craft takes years of training and working in extreme temperatures. The artisans generally start work early in the morning around 3 AM and finish before noon as it becomes impossible to work in extreme heat beyond that!
- Kansa vessels are used for storing and serving food.
- Kansa retains heat well and helps in maintaining the food warm and retains freshness.
- Kansa has immense utility value in improving the quality of food being consumed.
- Kansa is a mixture of 85% Copper and 15% Tin.
- As per Ayurveda, eating food from kansa vessel purifies the food, improves immunity and enhances brain function.
- Easy to recycle thereby enabling a sustainable option. Lasts for generations and reduces carbon footprint
- Kansa vessels are used only for storing and serving food. They cannot be used for cooking.
- The serving bowls can be used for reheating food in low flame. Place the bowl on top of gas with food inside. Do not place empty vessel on the stove.
- Gently wash with mild detergents. Do not use steel scrubber.
- Use normal scrub surface with lime or tamarind to retain or revive the shine.
- The charcoal finish wears off with usage and gets replaced by the metallic shine for the base. .
- The Kansa utensils are finely crafted artwork and needs to be handled with care.
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