Bronze hanging bell, made and tuned by hand, so shapes and patinas vary
There’s nothing as evocative as the sound of a chime, whether stirred by the wind or a human hand. Its sculptural presence is unique, as each bell is shaped by hand. And the meaning of its name, Dua Danti, is rich with positivity, translated as “Giver of Blessings” which also makes this a wonderful gift.
These bells are made in the desert region of western India by Janmamad Luhar, who uses a technique passed down from generation to generation. Whole families are typically trained and involved in the process. The bells are formed from sheets of recycled steel that are beaten into shape by hand and dipped in copper; a dough, made of flour and wheat, is molded around them. They are then buried under hot desert sand in a kiln. This process heats and then slowly cools the metals, creating the bronze patina. After firing, they are individually hand-tuned. Each Due Danti bell is approximately 13″ by 6″.
The philosophy behind Indika springs from a deep belief in preserving the techniques and spirit of traditional Indian craft. The company, based in Oregon, offers authentic handmade objects and furnishings from India, and only buys what is offered for sale, rather than pushing an American or European aesthetic on the craftspeople. In this way, Indika not only helps support artisans, but also honors their indigenous notions of beauty. The handcrafted pieces reflect the true nature of the people who create them.
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