The history of copper craft dates back to many years ago. The art of making copper vessels is basically originated and well noticed in Almora district of Uttarakhand. The Shilpkaars (artisans) belongs to Tamta community locally who are highly engaged in producing copper products, which are useful in daily life and, also during ritual and festive occasions. Tamta Mohalla is the famous locality in old city of Almora renowned for skilled coppersmiths. Many copper products like household utensils, musical instruments, decorated articles, water filters etc., are made. Artisans locally procure copper (from Bageshwar copper mines). The sheets of copper is cut into required shape and molded as per the shape of final products to be made. To make products like pots, parts are mad separately then soldered to join. Finally the outer surface is polished for glossy finish.
The utensils and traditional products are beautifully embellished with embossed work. The motifs include zig-zag patterns, leaf, flower and straight line patterns. Heavy elaborated work depicting flowers, petals, curved stems creepers and images of deities. Few traditional motifs like small circular dots are made on the outer surface of the product by beating with hammer, the beating also helps to make base of the product strong. The dot pattern products are well known traditional products right from ancient days all over India and still continued.
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