The origins of the Aranmula kannadi are linked with the Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple. Legend has it those eight families of experts in temple arts and crafts were brought by the royal chief to Aranmula from Tirunelveli district to work in the Parthasarathy temple centuries ago on the mirrors.
The British Museum in London has a 45 centimeter tall Aranmula metal mirror in its collection.
Mysterious in its creation, unequalled in its beauty, the Aranmula Kannadi is a unique object. Exclusive to Aranmula, this mirror is made of metal, not glass! There in lies its uniqueness and its creation, a closely guarded secret, known to only four families, has been handed down from father to son for generations. Therein lies its mystery.
The metal mirror, marvel in the annals of metallurgy was in vogue long before appearance of today’s silicon synthetic glass mirror. Records dating back to the sixteenth Century show that the Metal Mirror was in use in far off Egypt and Baghdad. And one of the temples at Khajuraho portrays a women looking in to a metal mirror while applying her bindi. Archeological excavations at Harappa have also yielded a mirror made of copper with a five inch diameter. The Rigveda also mentions the presence of the metal mirror. The ancestors of this craft could have migrated to South India from the Saptha-sindhu and are descendants of the great masters of the Indus Valley Civilization.
This metal mirror resembles the glass mirror in every respect and any object placed against it is reflected with complete clarity without any refraction in as much as the image falls just on top of the surface of the metal mirrors unlike the glass mirrors where the images falls on the mercury coated surface inside the glass.
Aranmula Handicraft was established by Murukan in 2001. The dedicated team of aranmula handicraft assures quality, clarity, and lifetime warranty of the mirror. We have Aranmula kannadi with different shape and size. Some typical shape are Val Kannadi, shank or cone shaped, oval shaped, round shaped etc.
The Bronze Marvel
- That traces its origin to a family of master craftsmen, members of sect of temple architects, sculptures and decorators of medieval Dravidian culture.
- That had the privilege of royal patronage at its peak period.
- That found its image even in the age-old cave carvings of Kajuraho and that the like.
- That had a pride of place at the homes of all elite.
- That had to remain remote long a while as a result of the dislocation and deterioration of the one and only family to which its techniques belonged (and still belong): is back again in all its splendor and regale to meet the challenge of your domestic decor!
- Besides the general range your specific choice shall dictate our special production programme.