Traditionally used by farmers to identify their livestock, each bell was tuned to produce a distinctive chime.
Today artisans are repositioning this art form and earning sustainable livelihoods by selling their bells internationally.
How are they made?
Due to consecutive droughts over the years, cattle breeder’s stock levels decreased and the demand for traditional bell making was on the verge of dying. Less bells were needed.
With the help of Fair Trade and mission-based enterprises like Fair Go Trading, at least 1,000 village artisans are repositioning this art form — earning sustainable livelihoods by selling the bells internationally.
Our bells are made by a Muslim community, where both men and women are involved in creating resonate musical chimes and bells from lifeless metal using craftsmanship passed down through generations.
Artisans are located in the desert Kutch region of India. They work from their homes on local or homemade furnaces.
Made from recycled tin and iron, they manually cut and hammer the metal to hand-shape the bells.
They then coat the bells in powdered brass and copper and then fire in kilns for a deep shimmering golden look. Each rustic bell is then tuned to reveal a rich, unique sound like no other bell.
Conscious consumers like us who purchase the bells, provide much needed trade to the artsians. Along with Fair Trade practices and a new international platform that brings to market these bells - we are able to support artisans with economic stability and increased social standing through fair, paid work.
RESONATE SOUND, THE ART OF BELL MAKING
Watch a short video of bell making: