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 Aranmulakannadi 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 make that 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
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.
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.
Which is the best wedding gift you can give from India? there are many choices. but we must say – thats nothing other than ARANMULA MIRROR.
Any other gift you give can be buy from anywhere else. Most of them are commercially made, means producing in bulk. if you buy a jewellery, a normal gift, electronics gadget or whatever, all of them are very common in market and anyone else can buy it.
But Aranmula Mirrors are unique, they are custom made, 100% handmade metal mirrors, and no two mirrors will look alike. means there will be ONLY ONE COPY OF ARANMULA KANNADI IN THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE.
Also Aranmula kannadi is prepared in a very special way, lot of rituals and processes involved to make a mirror, its a many day taking process, Aranmula kannadi is precious with very good and positive energy. thats why it attracts good luck and prosperity where it belongs.
We have many stories, after wedding couples used to take only ARANMULA KANNADI back to their places ( USA/EUROPE etc), among many other precious gifts. They left all other gifts and took only aranmula kannadi. thats the relevance and specialty of Aranmula Kannadi ( Aranmula Metal Mirrors)
So when you are thinking of giving a perfect gift next time, BUY AND GIFT Aranmula Kannadi – A gift lasts for generations.
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The new model of Shankh Mirror in Fixed stand is arrived in stock. we used to make shankh mirror in backstand of this size ( 3 inch), and this is for the first time we are introducing it in the fixed stand ( known as peedam kannadi)
You can buy this mirror by clicking the buy buttom ( will redirect in to our online store), and you can make the payment there and we offer FREE shipping anywhere within India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today gifted his British counterpart David Cameron a specially handcrafted Aranmula Kannadi. We are very proud to say that, our craftsman made this special aranmula mirror for Mr.Modi.
We are getting lot of requests to make such special aranmula mirrors to such prominent people across the world. Do you know what made aranmula mirror as the primary choice for such high profile visits and very important people? because each aranmula mirror is 100% handmade and very unique. there will be one copy of such a mirror in the entire world.
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