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Reviving an Age Old Craft ~ the ‘Bell Metal’ Craft of Sarthebari, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Brass and Bell Metal products of Sarthebari in Assam are famous for their beauty and strength of form and utility. The principal items of brass are the Kalah (water pot), Sarai (a platter or tray mounted on a base), Kahi (dish), Bati (bowl), Lota (water pot with a long neck) and Tal (cymbals).

The utensils manufactured using Bell Metal have certain medicinal properties and it is believed that consuming food in these utensils keep intestinal problems at bay. Also drinking water consumed in Bell Metal glasses aids in cleaning your body due to certain mineral present in these glasses. These were prime reasons for these utensils being used to serve food to the Royal family of Ahom kings of the Great Ahom dynasty of Assam.

Sarthebari iand Hajo are home to the bell metal industry, the second largest handicraft of Assam after Bamboo Handicrafts. Bell metal is an alloy of copper and tin and utensils made from it are used for domestic and religious purposes. Bell metal as a craft has survived for ages, yet there seems to be very little transition in the method of preparing bell metal items so far as Sarthebari is concerned. The craftsmen who are also referred to as the ‘Kahar’ or ‘Orja’ still resort to the age old tools required for burning and shaping the metal. About 40 percent of the people in this village are engaged in this cottage industry and the hammering of the metal at the furnace can be heard throughout the village.

Besides Hajo and Sarthebari, production centers of these Bell Metal Crafts are also located in the Titabari and Raha regions. Assamese metal handicrafts are not only available to the local people, but can also be purchased as souvenirs by tourists. In a bid to compete with changing times and demands, modern day artisans have used their innovative skills to introduce new designs and patterns to the traditional metal craft of Assam, including the ones that can be used as decoration pieces.

With our Mission of promoting India’s North East to the World thorough its Tourism, Culture, Tribes, Wildlife & Handicrafts, Jungleideas  brings forth to you to the option of owning these prized Bell Metal crafts of Assam at your doorstep. We work closely with the manufacturers of Bell Crafts at Sarthebari and Hajo and ensure to bring to you 100% genuine and original products that will bring a bewildering grandeur to your dining needs. We urge you to take a look at our offerings in Bell Metal products and place your order at the earliest to reap the benefits and save this dying art from India’s Paradise Unexplored ~ the Incredible North East of India!

 

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Seeking ‘Green Gold’ amidst the dense forests – Bamboo and its relevance as the poor man’s timber, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

The North East of India has a vast area of its land under forest cover. Although this size has decreased over the years due to random felling of trees for the purposes of timber and the use of forest land for construction purposes but still the area under cover is noteworthy. The State of Assam has a total of 27,673 Sq. Km. forest cover. This area is 24.58% of the total geographical area of the state and also 3.2% of India’s total forest cover. These forests are home to some exotic species of Flora, Fauna and Avi Fauna. The endangered species of the likes of the Indian One Horned Rhinoceros, the Capped and Golden Langurs seek shelter in the forest covers of the National Parks of Assam. One noteworthy product of the forests of Assam is the ‘Poor Man’s Timber’ – the Bamboo plant.

Bamboo or ‘Bambuseae’, is a tribe of flowering perennial evergreen plants and one of the most versatile grasses found on Earth. This amazing grass is extremely fast growing and can be harvested and put to use very soon. For centuries now, people have been using bamboo for almost everything from food to construction. Bamboo can be used as a wood substitute for construction work and also for making furniture. Other products from Bamboo include paper, cloth, handicraft items, weapons and musical instruments from bamboo. While the shoots and other tender parts of the plant are used to make pickles and other food items. Bamboo has been intrinsically associated with the life and culture of Assam. From birth to death, people have incorporated Bamboo in every aspect of their life. Its importance in the Northeast can be measured by the fact that it is not only used for handicraft but also used in the kitchen to make sumptuous dishes. It is further employed in medicine as a remedy to fight diseases.

Today, with the growing competition the craft of making bamboo furniture and utensils has also been revamped. Manufacturers are using bamboo to makes Sofa sets, Weaved bamboo blind and screen, Barbecue sticks, Fruit forks, Party picks and many more. Though the aim is to capture the foreign markets, the traditional designs and patterns used are equally popular among youth who relive their heritage by giving patronage to this ancient craft. Not only is Bamboo used only for making products of Interior Decor. People of Assam are well aware of the tensile strength of this material and they have experimented this across many generations. Results of these tests have led to Bamboo being used in construction of Homes and Cottages mostly by the Tribal people. Small thatched houses made from Bamboo are a sight to be spotted across the entire States of North East India. People have also perfected in the use of Bamboo to make Bridges across the many small rivers of Assam. These bridges are of high tensile strength and easily can allow transportation of people and two wheelers across the rivers of the State.

The people of Assam and expert craftsmen when its comes to making of extrinsic Handicrafts and Handlooms. The handicrafts made from Bamboo look exquisite and are exported across the World. Although most of the people use Bamboo handicrafts for their own personal use in their households but in recent times these products have caught global attention and people from across the World visit Assam to witness these age old practices of Handicrafts in the villages of Assam. During your journey across Assam you will find many number of small shops that sell these exquisite Handicrafts.

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to indulge in the adventurous experience of Seeking ‘Green Gold’ amidst the dense forests – Bamboo and its relevance as the poor man’s timber, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Recommended Itinerary for your travel: The Grand Tour of Amazing Assam

 Recommended Itinerary for your travel: The Grand Tour of Amazing Assam