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Kansa or Kamsya, as written in many books gives a sharp sound, is soft, smooth to touch and clear from impurities. This is also good for cooking due to its therapeutic quality (galib, Barve et el, 2011.). The formulations of bronze of ‘Pittala’ are beneficial in diseases. The Thatheras are well versed in this knowledge and let us know if asked. Kansa also called bell metal in english is one of the best metals to eat food from, its an alloy of tin and copper, both metals being considerably good for health. There are certain ways to test the authenticity of the metal, eg. it a breakable metal and if beaten with another metal/ material acts as a singing bowl.
In order to maintain the shine and spark of the products one should wash the utensil with Pitambari or brasso powder, readily available in the nearest general store. One can also use lemon water, tamarind or vinegar.
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P-TAL aims at reviving the dying craft form of the indigenous Thatheras community of Jandiala Guru, Amritsar. The Thatheras of Jandiala Guru are a community of skilled craftsmen who specialize in the traditional technique of making hand crafted brass, copper and bell metal utensils by hammering metal sheets. This unique craft of the Thateras of Jandiala Guru in Amritsar is the first craft of India to be inscribed in the UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2014. Like the Thatheras, P-TAL is an epitomy of making tradition a trend, preserving legacy through legal entity converting practice into perfection thus moulding the vessels of hope!