Aranmula Kannadi – The Metal Magic for Prosperity!

Aranmula Kannadi, an example for uncommon technical skill and manufacturing dexterity, is a special kind of mirror formulated by polishing a bell metal plate until it shines, made by mixing up lead and copper in a particular ratio by melting them down. This brought about the name
Aranmulakkannadi because it is produced in Aranmula alone. It is believed that the mirror brings prosperity, luck and wealth to home. In many
important museums in the world too, Arnmulakannadi is exhibited as a rare object now.

Still, what make Aranmula kannadi(Aranmula metal mirrors), the only metal mirror available in the world, popular is its secretive construction method. Members of five families with traditional skilled artisanship alone know about the manufacturing process of this object of wonder. As this is kept as a family secret there is no possibility of duplicating the product.

The Aranmula kannadi is a front surface reflection mirror, which eliminates secondary reflections and aberrations typical of back surface
mirrors, wherein image is reflected from the bottom layer where mercury is pasted. Thus one can say that a person sees his or her real image reflected only inthe Aranmula kannadi.

There exists a narrative about the origin of this mirror. About four centuries back, the king of Aranmula made a settlement in the premises of the
temple for a few families who were experts in the manufacturing of worshipping plates, ornamental materials, bells, lamps, other instruments etc. The king offered all facilities needed to them. Gradually they became lethargic. The king felt displeasure in this. To retrieve the pleasure of the king the sculptures decided to make and submit a special crown before the God. Their women even gave their own ornaments for this purpose. Though the proportion of silver and gold in the mixture was unknown, they could make a crown in silver hue, shining like crystal. When they polished
that crown, they could understand that it had the power of reflecting. This was known as mirror image. Knowing the beauty and reflective power of mirror image, the sculptors continued experiments and that resulted in the finding out of the actual proportion of the alloy. The king extended all helps needed to makethat an industry.

This mirror manufacturing which has been existing in Kerala as a special kind of cottage industry. The Government of Kerala have taken necessary steps to rejuvenate it

Manufacturing Secret Of Aranmula Kannadi

Many people are asking what is the secret behind aranmula kannadi. That’s its method of making itself. The process itself is very sophisticated and time consuming and it requires utmost accuracy and expertise. That’s why still the making of aranmula kanndi is considered as one of the very complex processes.

The alloy of copper and tin in the 10:5:25 ratio is used to create Aranmula Mirror. The quantity of tin in it is one and half fold more than usually used in bronze tableware.

The same old method used in the bronze crockery manufacturing by putting liquid metal on a mold has been applied for making this mirror also. The mirror plank is taken out of the mould and then polished. Mixture of the husk and marotti oil is used for polishing.

Expert training, technical knowledge and patience are deadly essential to this. As it is made of an alloy, which is of easily breaking nature, if not polished with utmost care and attention, there is a possibility of breaking the mirror into small pieces.

Aranmula Kannadi – How much perfection you can expect?

People are buying aranmula kannadi, and always asking for a perfect aranmula kannadi. What does that mean? what kind of perfection would be there for original Aranmula Kannadi?

Infact, The original aranmula kannadi is not 100% perfect in its looks. because the original aranmula kannadi is made out of hand, not with machines. you can find small black dots, some irregular shape or symmetry problems or small scratches while its being polished with hand. All those are the part of the original aranmula kannadi. some customers call us and say, i can see some hairline scratches in the mirror when i put mirror in this angle. obviously they will be there.

Also if you take two aranmula kannadi of same model, you can see lot of differences between them. no two ORIGINAL aranmula kannadi won’t looks alike. the size, weight, designs some or other will vary from each of them with other. that’s why – EACH ARANMULA KANANDI IS UNIQUE, AND THERE WONT BE ANY SIMILAR ONE IN THE ENTIRE WORLD. means you are owning the most unique thing, so that there is only one copy of its in the entire world.

So next time when you buy aranmula kannadi, when you see some small black dots in frame or a small hairline scratch on mirror or a small variation in the design on its frame, please understand and be proud of being the owner of the most unique and 100% aranmula kannadi.

 

 

Aranmula Kannadi – What are the different types available?

Aranmula kannadis are basically categorized in to three different types. under each type many number of models are available according to the skill and capabilities of our artisans.

Hand Mirrors or Valkannadi’s Hand mirrors or valkannadis are the traditional aranmula kannadi models, it was the very first model of aranmula kannadi made back in 17th century.

Backstand Mirrors – back stand mirrors are the ones with a stand fixed in the back of the mirror

 Fixed stand mirror – fixed stand mirrors are the ones with a base, and these kind of mirrors are the biggest models among the aranmula mirrors.

You can click the below buttons to go to each category of aranmula kannadis

 

Aranmula Kannadi Exhibition Conducted in Trivandrum

Hundreds flocked to posses the Aranmula Kannadi, known to be an auspicious object that heralds prosperity. The ongoing exhibition at SMSM Institute, Trivandrum features various models of the Aranmula metal mirror at prices ranging from Rs.2,000 to Rs.70,000.

“The in-house exhibition is being organised by the Institute to promote Aranmula mirrors and to increase sales by offering a 10 percentage discount. We started the exhibition on March 8 and we have already sold a good number of pieces by now,” said K J George, Manager SMSM Institute, Trivandrum.

You can read the full report here…

Aranmula and Aranmula Kannadi – In Blogs

Many people visiting Aranmula, and  write about their experience there. We found a blog, http://sankriti.blogspot.com/ and here is the write up about Aranmula Kannadi in his own words. ( Info and photo courtesy: http://sankriti.blogspot.com/ )
Aranmula is also famous for its traditional metallic mirrors known as Aranmula Kannadi. It is made of copper tin alloy and the ratio is a closely guarded secret.This is a unique art & handed down from generation to generation. Presently only five families are involved in this art in Aranmula and these families hold a patent. We visited one such family and studied the process of manufacture of this unique and beautiful mirror. See pics below: