Rising Sun frame – Aranmula Mirror(Kannadi)

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The origins of the Aranmula mirror (Kannadi) are often traced to the well-known Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple. Several centuries ago, eight families of experts in temple arts and crafts came to Aranmula from Tirunelveli in Tamil nadu at the behest of the King of Pandalam. They were assigned the task of undertaking work in the Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple.

These mirrors are exquisitly carved as per the traditions followed in the families for decades. Arankula kannadi is the only metal mirror available in the world, due to its secretive construction methods. Only a few Families with traditional skilled artisanship alone
know about the manufacturing process of this object of wonder. The Aranmula kannadi is a front surface reflection mirror, which eliminates secondary reflections and aberrations typical of back surface mirrors

The alloy of copper and tin in the 10:5:25 ratio is used to create Aranmula
mirror. The same old method used in the bronze crockery
manufacturing by putting liquid metal on a mould 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.

The process of making metal mirror by
casting and polishing copper, tin and bronze is
well understood in India and it is interesting to note that this
ancient art of making metal mirror is still practising without any
modification by a few family based artisans in Aranmula.

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