Traditional Metal Craft Process

Tanushree Agarwal

Jaipur Virasat Foundation

Jaipur Virasat Foundation
Jaipur, India

The metals were subjected to two basic processes - forging and and casting. Traditionally, the raw material used for the production processes were either metal ore or scraps. Metal ore was transported into the city from surrounding regions. And an important function in the sourcing of metal scraps belonged to tribes who in the surrounding countryside collecting old vessels from place to place.

The steps in order:
1. Craftsmen source pre-cut metal plates from the factory.
2. The process begins with the basic hammering of the metal sheet, to achieve a curved shape.
3. Half of the curved metal pieces are kept aside and the other half are hollowed from the base.
4. After repetitive forging of the metal on heated brick kilns, the ideal shape for the neck of the 'Degchi' is achieved.
5. The edges are made smooth, with the process of sanding and filing.
6. Wedges are created on both bottom and top pieces and the two pieces are then secured to each other.
7. Using a mixture called 'tanka', the two pieces are welded together.
8. The product is then finished using acid, sand, tamarind juice and jute scrub.
9. Designs are then created by skillfully hammering a series of tiny dents on the metal objects.
10. Finally, oil is used to polish the product.
11. Tinning (‘kalai’) might or might not be done on the inside surface of the 'Degchi' depending on its usage.


  • Title: Traditional Metal Craft Process
  • Creator: Tanushree Agarwal
  • Location: Jaipur, Rajasthan, IN
  • Type: Illustration
  • Contributor: Thathera Craftsmen of Jaipur

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