What does Ayurveda tell us about Kansa Kitchenware?
There is a spark in creation that brings so many auras in ancient wisdom such as the one transcended through Kansa Kitchenware.
Kansa the Indian name for Bell metal is a hard alloy usually a form bronze, with approximately 80/20 ratio of copper to tin. Different places call it with a different name like Assam calls it kanh while in West Bengal and Odisha, Kansa. It is widely used for cooking and eating utensils.
The mystery of the metal has been continuously been unfolding since Bronze Age, about 3000 years ago.
Ayurveda further taught us that eating and drinking from alkalinising metals like Kansa vessels has wellness benefits for our health and well being. Kansa kitchenware is also called the hands of grace.
In the 5th chapter and 46th verse, of famous grantha ‘Rasratnasamucchaya’, we find significant information about Kansa Kitchenware on medicinal properties and its benefits to humans.
How is it made?
Copper and tin are heated together for 400 -700 degree Celsius to form Bronze. This molten metal is then made into sheets which are then moulded into desired shapes. Utensils are manually finished by polishing with traditional materials such as sand and tamarind juice. Designs are made by skilfully hammering a series of tiny dents into the heated metal.
Legacy of the craft
The process of manufacturing is transmitted orally from father to son. Metalwork is not simply a form of livelihood for many of the craftsmen who live marginally but carry forward the intricate craft. Their system defines their family and kinship structure, work ethic and status within the social hierarchy of the town.