How to buy aranmula kannadi? that too authentic one? Many people are asking and searching for this, but it seems not getting any satisfactory answer. So let’s tell you how.
If you are visiting aranmula, you can directly come to our workshops and outlets there. there are atleast 15 outlets there, you can buy from any of them, but this may not be possible for most of the people, so read on…
You can buy aranmula kannadi ( aranmula metal mirror) from any authentic shops. means there are handicraft showrooms selling aranmula kannadi. but the problem is we can’t assure the authenticity of it, since we came to know that there are many replicas in the market. so make sure that you are buying authentic one with hologram sticker on backside of the mirror.
The best way is – Buy directly from us online – We are selling authentic and traditional aranmula kannadi directly from artisans via our online portal – https://aranmulakannadi.net . All the mirrors you are buying will include a hologram sticker for authenticity and 2 year warranty for mirrors, including coverage for any kind of damage while shipping. No other place you can get this assurance.
IMPORTANT : Don’t buy any cheap replicas from anywhere like in trade shows, antique outlets etc, because original aranmula kannadi ( aranmula metal mirrors) are not cheap. they are expensive and should come with proper authority and proof. Feel free to Ask your questions to : firstname.lastname@example.org
Aranmula Mirrors are very beautiful, so most of the people will grab it at the first instance they see it. But there is a way to properly hold aranmula mirror. Why it is important? there are some reasons – if you are not properly holding the mirror, your fingerprint with dust or dirt will be put on the mirror, and if you are not cleaning it properly, it may cause some marks on the surface of the mirror eventually. so never touch the mirror surface with dirt /oily hand. if someone touches there, please wipe the marks immediately with a cotton cloth.
Which is the proper way to hold an aranmula mirror?
if it is valkannadi ( handheld mirror), please hold on the handle only. or if its small mirror you can hold on the two edges putting the mirror on your palm.
for backstand mirrors, there will be a stand attached backside of the mirror, hold on that stand, if its a fixed stand mirror, you can always hold it on the bottom part of the mirror. always keep a hand as a support on the backside of the mirror. if any marks reminds, please wipe with a cotton cloth.
As you know aranmula kannadi is very special and auspicious, which brings good luck & prosperity to the place where it kept, there are certain rules to place it in your home or business.
You can place aranmula kannadi anywhere where its clean and clutter free. you can place it in your drawing room, pooja room, bedroom, dining room but not in kitchen. But You should not place the aranmula kannadi facing the entrance of the bathroom / toilet.
many people are asking to which direction it should kept. Any direction is good, and east is ideal. Why this? because the mirror is reflecting light and gives positive energy. east is the direction where light comes ( as sun rises). so if your house / business have a facility to face it towards south, that is fine. and other directions are also fine.
We recommend the aranmula owners to properly clean and maintain your aranmula mirrors for the long life and brightness of your mirror. if you properly care, each aranmula mirror will last for centuries. we have a mirror with more than 240 years old with us. Aranmula mirrors will last for at-least 500 years or more without any problem. So we call aranmula mirrors as a precious gift for generations.
To maintain aranmula mirrors, we have to clean it properly in a regular interval. in some places it may be 3 months or in some other places we have to do in every month or so, it depends on the humidity, the chemical substance, presence of salt water ( beach side etc). but you can clearly see when you need to clean your aranmula mirror. as you know aranmula mirror is made up of brass and similar metal, an oxide layer along with the dust and other substances in your surroundings will be formed upon, and that results the reduction in its reflection both in frame as well as in mirror.
we recommend brass cleaning liquids to polish and maintain aranmula mirrors, in India, we usually recommend DARA ( there are many other name for this brand) and Brasso. Likewise in every country you can buy the best brass cleaning liquids to clean and polish your aranmula mirrors.
DARA is the most preferred liquid cleaner for brass / bell metals, and this is the one which we recommend for cleaning aranmula metal mirrors.
Aranmula Kannadi ( aranmula metal mirror) is very unique and precious craft. It’s very special authentic making process makes it costly too. Thus proper maintenance of aranmula kannadi is very important to keep it good for a long.
So we recommend the following tips to keep your aranmula kannadi in good shape and shining as new forever.
TIP: Always keep aranmula kannadi outside from the boxes. Never keep the aranmula kannadi in the jewel box or any other boxes. keep it outside, in good contact with the atmosphere.
TIP:Don’t touch in the mirror part or the frame with your fingers ( especially with sweat, oil, dirt etc). if you touch in the mirror part or frame, your fingerprint may be on the surface, if so, please get a cotton cloth and clean it up.
TIP:While exposed in to atmosphere, since it is pure brass an oxide layer may form on the mirror surface, that you can fix it by polishing with any brass metal polish liquid.
TIP:Don’t throw or drop it carelessly. even though it is metal mirror, the mirror part is very thin and excessive pressure or hit on it may cause damage / break.
TIP:Maintain your aranmula kannadi in a regular period of time. we recommend you to clean the dust once in every two or three weeks, and polish it in every 1-3 months. to keep it like new.
TIP:You can use any brass metal cleaning liquid to clean & polish the mirror. both the brass frame and the mirror part. but we recommend use a very little of the polish in mirror part and be careful while you polish. make sure that you are using a clean cotton cloth without any substance which makes scratches in the glass.
people normally ask – which is the most traditional model of aranmula kannadi ( aranmula metal mirror). the answer is – Valkannadi aka hand mirror.
valkannadis are the model of the aranmula mirror with a handle. in olden days the royal families were using aranmula kannadi for seeing their faces. the handle comes in various shapes – the round and flat. valkannadi ( hand mirror) models ara available from 1.5 inch in diameter inwards. it comes in oval & circular shape.
valkannadi is using as one of the auspicious items in the ashtamangalya set. and ashtamangalya set is using for wedding and during the vishukkani etc. the biggest valkannadi is in the size of 5 inches in diameter ( mirror part only). most of the hand mirrors comes with a hook on the backside, so that you can hang it in the wall as well.
If you give a closer look in to aanmula kannadi ( aranmula metal mirror) sealing you can see three variants, You can see they belongs to three categories, let’s see which all they and their details
This is the default sealing of aranmula kannadi. basically wax is using to fix the mirror part with the frame, so in the wax sealed mirror you can see the wax with red color in the frame.
In this a metal ring will be putting over the wax, in between the mirror and the frame. see the mirror you can see the metal ring in the photo.
This kind of sealing, you can see a stone ring, in the place of the metal ring. stones looks beautiful surrounding the peripheral of the mirror.
WHICH ONE IS THE BEST ?
There is nothing like that, its all depends on your taste and how personally you like the type. some people like wax, some others like metal ring, while some others like stone ring. that’s nothing but a cosmetic change, in essence the important part is the mirror only.
We are happy to announce that we started an account in instagram too. As we know instagram is an easiest way to share the latest updates in a very easy manner. we love instagram, and thus we are regular there as well.
We try our best to publish the latest photos of aranmula kannadi models, both the ones in production as well as the other ones and custom models, its history other information along with many untold stories through photographs.
thanks for your support and let’s stay beautiful together!