Kaansha or Bell Metal

Utensils and artefacts made of Kaansha or bell metal occupied a special place in the lives of Bengal’s elite in the 18th century. Handed down by artisans through generations, these products in Bengal were meant for special domestic and religious occasions.

The traditional ‘Kaanshari’ artisans made handcrafted metalwares and artifacts from scrap metal. Interestingly during the Second World War, rejected bullets available at Dhubulia Military camp which is adjacent to a metalware cluster in West Bengal, were used as raw material.

However, this traditional craft suffered a setback due to the arrival of stainless steel and other alternative products. Biswa Bangla recreates this traditional charm of Kaansha-ware with contemporary design, handmade in the districts of Burdwan and Bankura in West Bengal.