(Last Updated on : 28/01/2016)
Metal craft of Jammu and Kashmir display ornaments that are made using different metals with a distinct style of the artisans. The artisans of this state have earned glorification because of its age long creativity that has been displayed in their creations of metal wares.
The metal craft of Jammu and Kashmir flaunt different shades of artistry as the plain and engraved works in metal craft are executed to cater to the differing tastes of buyers. The artisans of this state use metals like silver, iron, brass, copper, etc for creating different items out of them. A wide range of silver ware is popular among the inhabitants of this area as well as all over India. A moderate account of this silver wares include silver tea-sets, flower vases, toilet sets, scent chests, ornamental picture-frames, cigarette-cases, tumblers, etc. The artisans create designs of flora and fauna leaves of the chinar, the lotus and the lilac are also wrought in silver.
The metal craft of Jammu and Kashmir include producing excellent products of copper-ware comprising of cooking pots and samovars which is a type of tea-kettle of Russian origin and sundry articles for the household or the mantelpiece. The elegant and exquisite looking copper trays are the examples of creative excellence and are of huge demand among the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Enameled silver work has been remaining one of the demandable works of this place. The Ladakh area of Kashmir is renowned for creating traditional vessels that are made out of iron and brass.
The metal craft of Jammu and Kashmir include jewellery making as jewellery plays an important part in the socio cultural life of the inhabitants. The people of the state has a distinct taste and style for ornaments and most of the women of Jammu and Kashmir cherish wearing different jewelleries that convey the tradition of this place.
The metal craft of Jammu and Kashmir flaunts a rich cultural heritage which is juxtaposed with the natural scenic exuberance of this place. Thus, artisans are adept in their creativity in creating an array of crafts made out of metals as the nature has always remained their main source of beautification of their mind.