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Aranmula mirror

Date: 04 January 2021 Tags: Handicrafts

Issue

The Aranmula mirrors of Kerala are getting a makeover with modifications to suit modern demands from customers.

 

Details

  • Aranmula kannadi or mirror is a handmade metal-alloy mirror, made in Aranmula, a small town in Pathanamthitta, Kerala.

  • Unlike the normal "silvered" glass mirrors, it is a metal-alloy mirror or first surface mirror or front surface reflection mirror, which eliminates secondary reflections and aberrations typical of back surface mirrors.

  • The exact metals used in the alloy are maintained as a Vishwakarma family secret. Metallurgists suggest that the alloy is a mix of copper and tin.

  • It is polished for several days to achieve the mirror's reflective surface. They are considered to be one of the eight auspicious items or "ashtamangalyam" that play a role in the entry of the bride at a wedding venue.

  • These unique metal mirrors are the result of Kerala's rich cultural & metallurgical traditions. They have great historical and cultural value and are thought to bring good luck.

  • They are produced by one extended family in Aranmula. The origins of the Aranmula kannadi are linked to the Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple.

  • The mirror was the first GI tagged product from Kerala. This has been has been contested by a family that claims to have developed its technology.