Traditional Bronze/Kansa Val Uruli
- Bronze as an alloy of Copper and Tin has been used for making cookware for many centuries.
- Centuries ago, Vishwakarma community was invited from Shankarankovil and Tanjavoor of Tamil Nadu to build temples and metal crafts by the king.
- Lost wax method is used in casting.
- Fine clay is the essential raw material for this method of metal casting which is readily available in the banks of the river Pampa.
- Moulds are created using natural clay and cow dung mixture.
- It is left under sun to dry for 2 to 3 days.
- Using lost wax method it is heated for 3 hours. Melted bronze is then poured and it is casted.
- Once done, it is left under the soil for 2 days, post which the process is completed by poilishing the vessels.
- Traditionally this uruli is used at temples to offer prasadam to the gods as well as distributing it to the devotees.
- They are a multi-purpose ladles that can also be used for the tempering process while cooking.
- They are designed to make small bite food items like fried vada etc.
- Traditional Varpu is made of 80% Copper and 15-18% Tin (with 2-5% Zinc added to help the casting process) and can be used for all types of non-acidic based cooking (without tamarind and lime).
- Zishta Vaal uruli is made of pure bronze and mild oxidisation will lead to dullness of colouring over period of time
- Scrub the utensil with tamarind or ash or combination of both to revive shine
- Quality of metal and weight is good but finishing is not good. Part of the charm of traditional vessels was the aesthetic appeal. They were always made with great care and attention to detail. Also properly polishing the item before shipping would add to the pleasure of the recipient.
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