The Heritage Craft Experience

  • A half day excursion by car from purity.
  • Rate : 4500 INR l 70 Euro for a maximum of 3 people
  • Taxes as applicable
  • We travel to Mannar, the heart of Kerala’s ancient metal casting craft, famous for its bells. The birthplace of Mannar’s cottage industry is the family.
  • Only a few hundred families are involved in the trade, and secrets, skills, figures & calculations of the lost wax process are passed from one generation to the next...
  • This is how the lost wax process goes: it starts with a clay core covered by a layer of soft wax, on which the intricate details are delicately sculptured. The wax model is then covered by layers of fine clay.
  • Drain ducts are left for the wax, which melts away when the clay is baked, thus creating a mould for the metal.
  • The hot molten metal is poured in and hardens between the clay core and mould, taking the shape of the wax.
  • The outer layer of clay is then chipped of and the sculpture is revealed.
  • Its placed on the lathe to be hand finished.
  • The sheer varieties, numbers and sizes of brass & bronze objects crated is amazing. Large cooking vessels, called urlis and brass oil lamps called vilakkus are arranged to be dispatched to shops in Kerala and beyond.
  • Villakus are common in all South Indian homes, similar to candle stands. Lighting them is a daily practice, a religious ritual assimilated into the pace of everyday.