Seeking Nila

Arts of The Nila

On Day 4 of Seeking Nila the participants got to meet the only artisan in the country making the Adakkaputhur Mirror. They watched in wonderment, the magic of chemistry and metallurgy unfold before them ! There was much talk about how hot the workshop was , the time the process was taking. This interaction resulted in awareness about the skill of a local artisan.

Like other parts of India, the traditional technology of metallurgy had developed in Kerala many centuries ago. These craftsmen hail from a community known as ‘Moosari’ who traditionally have been involved in making ornaments, utensils and kitchen implements in bronze or brass. The late Balan Moosari was the man who invented the secret combination of Adakkaputhur metal mirrors, about 30 years back. Krishnakumar aka Kumaran is the last one who continues to produce these in traditional manner.

The mirrors are designed like a Val Kannadi, a hand mirror in bronze, which symbolises the Goddess Bhagavathi. Like in casting vessels etc, the procedure is similar, only the ratio of the metals, copper and tin used in making mirrors vary and it is a trade secret. First the mould is made using mud and clay. To enable it, replica of the mirror to be casted is made in wax and covered with mud/clay. Once it is heated, the mud hardens and the wax seeps out. Now the mould is ready. The boiling liquid alloy is then poured into the mould for casting. It is then polished to get a reflective surface.

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curriculum craft, nature craft
Little City Trails
Seeking Nila
The Blue Yonder
curriculum craft, nature craft, recycled craft
Seeking Nila
Seeking Nila
The Blue Yonder
curriculum craft, nature craft, recycled craft
Seeking Nila
Seeking Nila
The Blue Yonder
curriculum craft, nature craft
Seeking Nila
Seeking Nila
The Blue Yonder
curriculum craft, nature craft
Seeking Nila
Seeking Nila
The Blue Yonder
curriculum craft, nature craft, recycled craft
Seeking Nila
Seeking Nila
The Blue Yonder
curriculum craft, nature craft
Seeking Nila
Indian Craft Traditions
Chimply Fun - Pre School
activity centre, curriculum craft
Indian Craft Traditions
Indian Craft Traditions
Chimply Fun - Pre School
activity centre, curriculum craft
Indian Craft Traditions
Indian Art Traditions
Chimply Fun , Pre school
activity centre, curriculum craft
Indian Art Traditions
Indian Art Traditions
Chimply Fun, Pre School
activity centre, curriculum craft
Indian Art Traditions
Indian Art Traditions
activity centre, curriculum craft
Indian Art Traditions
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activity centre, curriculum craft
Little City Trails
Little City Trails
Kavade , Attic
activity centre, curriculum craft
Little City Trails
Little City Trails
Kavade, Attic
activity centre, curriculum craft
Little City Trails
Little City Trails
Kavade, Attic
activity centre, curriculum craft
Little City Trails
Little City Trails
Anweshana Montessori House of Children
curriculum craft
Little City Trails
Little City Trails
Anweshana Montessori House of Children
curriculum craft
Little City Trails
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Anweshana Montessori House of Children
curriculum craft
little city trails
little city trails
Anweshana Montessori House of Children
curriculum craft
little city trails
Little City Trails
Anweshana Montessori House of Children
curriculum craft
Little City Trails
X’ mas Snow Globes
Kavade, The Attic
activity centre
X’ mas Snow Globes
Peruvian Puppets
Globetrippers, Bangalore
curriculum craft
Peruvian Puppets
Handmade Christmas
Pepperfry Studio
corporate
Handmade Christmas
It’s Christmas !
GlobeTrippers - Bangalore
activity centre, curriculum craft
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TIME
Capital One
corporate
TIME
Make Art Friday
That Awesome Place
activity centre, recycled craft
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Journey
Furlenco, Bangalore
corporate
Journey
I Have A Dream
Centre Of Gravity & Rani Bhavani Vidyalaya, Benaras
corporate, curriculum craft
I Have A Dream
beady fun
craft on your birthday
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colours in motion
Mamangam - The School of Dance - Kochi
activity centre
colours in motion
pop up book
Educational Symposium, Orenda
curriculum craft
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trash festival 2015
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corporate, recycled craft
trash festival 2015
carpentry 101
Kavade
activity centre
carpentry 101
science & art
Anweshana Montessori House of Children
curriculum craft
science & art
botany & nature
Anweshana Montessori House Of Children
curriculum craft, nature craft
botany & nature
earth craft
Anweshana Montessori House of Children
curriculum craft, recycled craft
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puppetry & language
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curriculum craft
puppetry & language
society & geography
Anweshana Montessori House of Children
curriculum craft
society & geography
masquerade
Centre of Gravity
corporate
masquerade
pots & buttons
craft on your birthday
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mermaids & clowns
craft on your birthday
mermaids & clowns
notes
Emid Technologies, Bangalore
corporate
notes
december
Magic Threads Activity Centre
activity centre, recycled craft
december
tree of hope
India Design Mark
corporate, nature craft
tree of hope
hand & feet
Book Mark, Coimbatore
activity centre
hand & feet
christmas prints
Book Mark, Coimbatore
activity centre, nature craft
christmas prints
wood working
Different Strokes Activity Centre
activity centre
wood working
EMC2
Emc2
corporate
EMC2
kachara lab
The Alternative @ Atta Galatta
recycled craft
kachara lab
green bazaar
Green Bazaar ( The Alternative)
recycled craft
green bazaar
birds in flight
Centre of Gravity
corporate
birds in flight
prints in nature
Lightroom Bookstore
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prints in nature
puppet muppet
Book Mark, Coimbatore
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puppet muppet
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