Chameli Upcycled Sari Bell Chime - Global Hues Market

Chameli Upcycled Sari Bell Chime

Regular price $20.00 Sale

Our Chameli Collection features modern floral motifs in a bouquet of gold and teal patina finish designs. This beautiful, lightweight bell chime is handcrafted from upcycled metal elements and upcycled Indian textiles, featuring a tiered leaf design, handcrafted Indian bell, and sari hanging loop in assorted color and pattern. Bell making is a traditional art form passed down for generations in the desert Kutch region of India. Handmade, fair trade and sustainable.

Size: 5"x3.5" 

Handmade in India

How It's Made
Bell-making is an ancient Indian craft with enchanting origins. Traditionally used by farmers to identify their livestock, each bell is tuned to produce a distinctive chime. Creating music from lifeless metal, bell-making in India uses craftsmanship passed down through generations. Made from recycled tin and iron, artisans in the desert Kutch region manually cut and hammer the metal to hand-shape the bells, then coat them in powdered brass and copper before firing in kilns. Each rustic bell is then tuned to reveal a rich, unique sound like no other bell.
Due to consecutive droughts over the years, cattle breeders no longer buy bells on a regular basis and the demand for traditional bell making was on the verge of dying. With the help of fair trade and mission-based organizations, at least 1,000 village artisans in the desert Kutch region are repositioning this art form and earning sustainable livelihoods by selling the bells internationally. Most artisans work from their homes on local or homemade furnaces.