Copper Utensils of Kashmir

Copper has been an integral part of a Kashmiri household. A collection of copper utensils are gifted to the bride. The Hindu brides in Kashmir used to get Brass utensils and Muslim brides used to get copper utensils. Also these utensils are part of every celebration in a Kashmir. These utensils were always on my shopping list as I wanted a “Surahi” as a souvenir of this lovely land. My exploring this lovely piece of art took me to a local shop here who is selling these utensils to the locals. And I discovered that there is plenty to explore here. The variety and the “Nakashi” on the utensils are simply mesmerizing.
The first piece of utensils that he showed me was a beautiful plate called “Majma”. Majma is filled with dry fruits and other gifts and sent to the grooms house from the bride side.

Majma

Majma

Next he introduced me to the bowls which is used to eat food. Ladies prefer to eat food in “Kinz” and men prefer “Thalbana” bowl.

Left one is Thalbana and right one is Kinz

Left one is Thalbana and right one is Kinz

After this came upon limelight was the “Samovar” a traditional utensil to make tea.

Samovar

Samovar

The central portion of the “Samovar” is used for coal and all around is the water boiling for the salty tea that the Kashmiri’s relish.

Inside Samovar

Inside Samovar

Ladies and gentleman I present the ‘Surahi” set that is my personal favorite and this is what I will pick as a souvenir.

Surahi set

Surahi set

Next are some utensils that are part of the “Wazwan”. Wazwan is 36 course meal served in the marriages and celebrations and one has to follow a pattern and ritual to eat it. The first step is to wash hands using a “Tasht-e-nari”.

Tasht-e-nari

Tasht-e-nari

Then huge plates called “Trami” are brought in which is full of rice and all veg and non veg delicacies for a group of four.

Trami

Trami

The refilling that is brought in is covered with “Sarposh”.

Sarposh

Sarposh

After the main course desserts are served in “Turpiyali”. The whole ritual of “Wazwan” is not complete without a cup of salty tea in the end of the ceremony. Also to note that the “Wazwan” is cooked in copper utensils only and served in the same metal utensils.

Turpiyali

Turpiyali

Lastly when I was exploring the shop I came upon a lovely piece of utensil called “Ishabdani”. Actually it is a utensil that is used to spread the fragrant fumes during a marriage ceremony especially when the bride leaves her mother’s house to go to her husband’s place.

Ishabdani

Ishabdani


Author: Resham Virk

Resham virk has served as a Captain in the Indian army for 5 years and has explored the best parts of India while in the Army. Daughter and wife of an Army officer, her tryst with Indian cultures and heritage is still not complete. She has been part of the retail industry as the Inventory controller of Walmart India stores but presently she is a full time homemaker satiating her desire to explore new things, places and to pen down so as to share.

Comments

  1. beautiful pics of kashmiri copper utensils, names of these utensils are also interesting…

  2. Any region is known by the way in which they display their hospitality. Kashmir is the crown of india and to know the hospitality of this region is a treat…Amazing information given here…

  3. Nice photos, interesting facts about Copper and Kashmir. Love to read more blogs like this in the future.

  4. Very nice article . I have bookmarked this article .Though I have seen these utensils but was not knowing the names .

  5. Interesting and informative. Wonder in which vessel they make their “Kahwa” tea.

  6. Shrishti says:

    Wow! nice photos of shining copper utensils. I think the copper utensils are mainly available in bigger sizes only.

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